Serena Williams took the name in the ATP Auckland Open on Sunday, declaring that she’s donating all winnings out of the championship to Australian Bushfire relief. In her address following the win, Serena congratulated her opponent, fellow American Jessica Pegula, declaring that she’d be donating her whole cash prize, $43,000 USD (only over $62,000 AUD).
Serena will be the latest in a long line of actors who’ve banded together to support the relief efforts for Australia’s catastrophic bushfire. Since the flames began in September 2019, nearly 11 million hectares of land was razed, at least 27 individuals have died, an estimated one billion-plus creatures are killed, and more than two,000 houses are destroyed.
“I’ve been playing in Australia for over 20 years, so it’s been really hard for me to watch the news,” Serena stated throughout her winner’s address. “So, I decided at the beginning of the tournament, every match I played, I’d donate a dress, and I’d also donate all my prize money for a great cause.”
This is the initial name Serena has won because she took the Australian Open at 2017, when she was pregnant with her daughter, Alexis Olympia.