Some women’s tennis players have united to raise funds and morale of those affected by bushfires in Victoria, Australia.
Dinara Safina, Casey Dellacqua, Daniela Hantuchova, Ana Ivanovic, Samantha Stosur, Rennae Stubbs, Ai Sugiyama and Serena Williams have donated personal items of value, which will be auctioned off to raise money for the Tennis Bushfire Relief Appeal.
“What has happened in Australia is shocking and so sad, and I would like to send my deepest sympathies to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy,” said 2008 Australian Open runner-up Ana Ivanovic. “I have family in Melbourne and was very concerned for the safety and welfare of their friends in Victoria. Australians have a great spirit, and my thoughts are with them.”
“My prayers go out to everyone involved. It’s such a sad and unfortunate event to happen and the loss of life has been tragic,” said 2009 Australian Open champion Serena Williams. “I admire the heroism of those who risked their lives to help others.” (source: Tennis Australia, photos: Ralf Reinecke)