Canberran Nick Kyrgios insists he wants to use his position and start something positive as he wants to help as much as he can to the people who have been affected by the bushfires in Australia. Just before the start of the inaugural ATP Cup, the 24-year-old pledged to donate $200 for every ace he hits this Australian summer.
The big-serving Australian delivered a big serving performance against Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in his ATP Cup opener as he fired 20 aces en route to handing a 6-4 7-6 (4) loss to the German. Kyrgios' ATP Cup team-mates joined the action as Alex de Minaur promised to donate $250 per an ace, while John Millman and John Peers will be donating $100 for every ace they hit this Australian summer.
"I don't really care about the praise too much. We've got the ability and the platform to do something. My home town is Canberra and we've got the most toxic air in the world at the moment, that's pretty sad.
It's tough. Sorry," an emotional Kyrgios said after beating Struff, per George Bellshaw of Metro UK. "It's all going to all the families, firefighters, animals, everyone who is losing homes, losing families... it's a real thing. It's bigger than tennis."