Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic are the latest pair of international sporting superstars to throw their support behind Australia’s bushfire appeal.
The two superstars of tennis are the latest big names to donate to the cause after Nick Kyrgios announced last week, he would donate $200 for every ace he hits during the summer.
Devastated by the destruction of Australia’s bushfires, Sharapova took to twitter to announce she would donate a whopping $25,000 to the appeal.
“The month of January in Australia has been my home for the past 15 years,” Sharapova said.
“Watching the fires destroy the lands, its beautiful families and communities of animals is deeply (heartbreaking).
“I would like to begin my donation at 25K.”
The former world No. 1 didn’t stop there, she called out Djokovic to lend his support for those affected.
“@DjokerNole, would you match my donation?”
The Serbian didn’t disappoint, responding swiftly via his own twitter account that he would match her donation.
“Yes, Maria Sharapova,” Djokovic said
“I would like to match your $25k donation to double the aid sent to these communities.
“We stand by you, Australia.”
On Saturday, Australian Ash Barty announced she would donate every single dollar of prize money she earns from the Brisbane International.
The current world No. 1 could potentially donate $360,000, should she go all the way at the tournament.
Speaking in Brisbane ahead of the tournament, the 23-year-old admitted it was only the right thing to do with people’s “lives and homes” greatly affected by the disaster.
“Wildlife has been lost but it has also affected lives and homes so I have been sitting down and thinking with my team and family on ways we can help,” Barty said.
“There have been really great initiatives from cricketers, tennis players, golfers, soccer players all over the country trying to help out.
“We have come to the decision any of my prize money here in Brisbane will be donated to the (Australian) Red Cross to go towards the families and homes affected.”