This Sunday at 2 pm, one day prior to the start of the Australian Open, many of the top tennis stars will host a charity event called "Rally For Relief" in Rod Laver Arena to raise funds for the victims of the devastating floods that are affecting Australia. The photo above is the now flooded Pat Rafter Arena, on which Robin Soderling won his title at the Brisbane International Tournament last week. The floods have engulfed approximately 2/3 of Queensland, and it is being called Queensland's worst natural disaster in history. Currently there are 15 people who have died with another 60 people missing.
In a press conference, Pat Rafter stated that in addition to the exhibition on Sunday, there will be events all throughout the AO to raise money for the cause. The events will include (via the AO website):
- Sunday afternoon's Rally for Flood Relief
- A gold coin donation at Saturday's Kids Tennis Day
- A special "Shirt off their backs" ongoing auction of autographed player apparel belonging to some of the biggest names in the sport
- An ATP and WTA pledge of $10 for every ace served by players at the Brisbane International, Medibank International Sydney, Moorilla International in Hobart and the Australian Open.
Tickets are $20 for entry to Rod Laver Arena.
Tickets will be available through Ticketek from 3:00pm today at www.ticketek.com.au.
To donate to the Flood Relief Appeal click here.
To see the hilarity that ensued at the expo, click here.