Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are among the big names in tennis taking part in a special exhibition on the eve of the Australian Open to raise money for the victims of Australia's flood disaster.
All-time Grand Slam champion Federer, World no. 1 Nadal, Kim Clijsters, Lleyton Hewitt, Novak Djokovic and Pat Rafter are among the elite players who will play in the Rally for Relief match at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.
The heart-rending scenes of Queensland's floods, which have left 14 people dead and inundated Australia's third-largest city Brisbane, have shaken the international tennis fraternity, gathering in Melbourne for Monday's season-opening Grand Slam.
“Along with many of the other players I was moved by the devastation caused by the floods in Australia,” Federer said in a statement.
“We just wanted to do something to help aid the recovery because we know there are thousands of Australians who will continue to suffer as a result of this disaster.” — AFP