Melbourne eatery launches ‘Tsitsipas Souvlaki’ to raise money for bushfire victims


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Melbourne eatery launches ‘Tsitsipas Souvlaki’ to raise money for bushfire victims

A Melbourne eatery which has a limited edition “Tsitsipas Souvlaki”, inspired by the Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas, will donate all its proceeds from the sale of the item during the Australian Open towards the bushfire crisis, according to Neoskosmos.

Stalactites Restaurant, which is on Lonsdale Street, has a special souvlaki dedicated to the popular Greek tennis star and the $17 raised from the sale of each item will be added to the $10,000 the restaurant has already donated to bushfire relief to the CFA (Country Fire Authority) and to Wildlife Victoria.

The souvlaki was created in collaboration with Tsitsipas and was first launched during last year’s Australian Open when Tsitsipas defeated Roger Federer on his way to the semi-finals. Tsitsipas and Federer were both part of the AO Rally for Relief event on Wednesday which raised nearly $5 million AUSD for the victims of the bushfire crisis, which also included several other stars such as Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal.

In 2006, Cypriot tennis star Marcos Baghdatis, who was a regular patron at the Lonsdale Street eatery during that year’s Australian Open, was also honoured with a souvlaki dedicated to him. Baghdatis went and made it all the way to the final that year, losing to Roger Federer.

Tsitsipas won the season ending Nitto ATP Finals in London last year and is one of the favourites for the Australian Open which begins in Melbourne next week after the Big Three - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

At the recent ATP Cup, Tsitsipas won 1 of his 3 matches at the tournament, beating Alexander Zverev and going down to Denis Shapovalov and Nick Kyrgios.