A number of tennis greats played in a charity match to take the amount of money raised for the bushfire appeal to over 4m Australian dollars.
Home player Nick Kyrgios raised 1,600 Australian dollars (£954) in aces alone at Wednesday’s Rally for Relief, while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – who between them have won 39 Grand Slams – joined together to donate 250,000 Australian dollars(£132,285).
The firefighters in attendance were given a lengthy, standing ovation by the crowd, while one joined Nadal on court to play doubles.
“Back home in Canberra, I couldn’t even go outside. It was emotional,” said Kyrgios, who made the first pledge to the appeal.
“I’m so happy we had Roger, Rafa, Novak [Djokovic] – some of the greats to get behind it. We’re doing everything we possibly can to overcome this together.”