Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will be the headlining acts for the Rally for Relief charity event ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne which is going to be held on January 15th.
The proceeds for the same will go to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, according to ESPN. Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley commented, "For a period of about two-and-a-half hours we're going to be showcasing the game, but also coming together as a community to play our part in the relief effort.
I'm really proud of the playing group because the number of calls and emails I've got with everyone stepping forward and either giving money or making themselves available. The format is going to be pretty cool ... it's going to be a combination of fun and seriousness.
We'll see some doubles, we'll see some singles, some target hitting and opportunities to raise more money on the night. We'll see the players having a lot of fun." Tickets for the same are available on Ticketmaster with proceeds going to the charities that will help in the bushfire disaster relief.
Tiley also said that the first Grand Slam of the season will go ahead as scheduled with a policy on air quality that will be in place after some players had raised concerns that the tournament should be delayed due to the smoke from the fires affecting the health of the players.
"This is a new experience for not only us but across the world in this sport. But we lead the world with the extreme heat policy and we expect to do the same around air quality. We do have three stadiums with roofs so play will always continue.
But what will be new is that we will have some real-time (air quality) monitoring on-site ... and we'll use that analysis to make some decisions around the safety and well-being of players and fans. I think the players understand that this is not something that we can do anything about and they've been gracious and very cooperative. They want to play."