Tennis stars come together for another good cause

Jan 19, 2011

Sport is always a great way to bring awareness and knowledge to wide range of issues. Over the years it has been used to promote understanding about health, fitness, social injustice, and issues of race and ethnicity. It is also a great tool for helping people in moments of crisis. With the power of sport and its celebrity players, a lot of money and awareness can be raised to benefit so many people.

With tennis players now playing in Australia at the first Grand Slam event of the year, the devastating floods that have wreaked havoc across Australia are suddenly brought home to many tennis stars.

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were amongst other tennis stars who played exhibition matches at Melbourne Park on Sunday 16th to try to do their bit in helping to relieve the devastating affects of the floods. With communities and lives washed away, tennis players did what they have done many times before, and came together for a good  cause.

The “Rally for Relief” event was held at the Rod Laver stadium in Melbourne, a place that will be the scene of so many more matches over the fortnight, but for one Sunday was used for the good of a crisis-stricken nation.  Of course for some players, the affects of the floods don’t need to be brought home. Australian players like Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur were at the heart of the Rally for Relief matches, and were eager to put their sporting talents to good use in helping their fellow Aussies in a time of crisis.

Sam Stosur, originally from Queensland where the floods have been felt particularly strongly, has pledged to donate one hundred Australian dollars for every ace she serves in the tournaments she plays in Australia this summer. Pat Rafter, who helped to organise the event, is a fellow Queenslander and highlighted the importance of sport in helping the cause.

It wasn’t just tennis that was involved in this cause. Lance Armstrong, the high profile seven-time Tour de France winner, has donated $50 000. The cause has particular poignancy for the cycling world as the Tour Down Under is now underway. Also highly involved in raising money for relief efforts was cricket, and the Australian cricket team were circling the crowds with buckets at the Twenty20 game against England. Some of the players on the Australian cricket team have been personally affected, and so were keen to bring the issue to international attention.

It’s good to know that sport can keep its heart even during pressured times in the season, and that its stars will always look to find ways to help others via their public platform.

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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