Former World No. 1s Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki and Patrick Mouratoglou are all contributing towards raising funds towards the Australian bush fire relief efforts, according to the NZ Herald. A maroon Nike dress that Serena wore during her match against American Christina McHale on Thursday while playing the ASB Classic in Auckland and which has been autographed by the American, a giant 25cm tennis ball signed by Williams and good friend Wozniacki, and a one-hour training session for upto four people with Patrick Mouratoglou, Williams' coach are all part of the items being auctioned off by the ASB Classic to raise funds for the Australian bushfire crisis.
One fan who asked if the dress Serena wore came in the post match condition was disappointed to learn that it had been washed after her match but Tournament Director Karl Budge said it does come with a letter of authenticity signed by him.
Besides these items, the tournament has also put up an auction for the 'best seats on the house' where four seats have been created on the court for fans for this weekend and the men's tournament next week. Budge commented, "It is heart breaking to see the devastation the bushfires are causing to our friends in Australia.
We wanted to give the tennis community an opportunity to help do our part. Everyone's just been incredible really. It's nice to see in times of need just what humanity can do for all of us." All proceeds will go to the Australian Red Cross in support of the Australian Bushfire Relief.
Budge has said that they will keep putting up items for auction as and when they get offered from the same by the players.