Roger Federer to donate to the Australia bushfires crisis

Roger Federer

Roger Federer say he would donate to the Australia bushfires appeal on Monday after coming under criticism from climate campaigners including Greta Thunberg over his sponsorship deal with Credit Suisse.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner and current world number three said he would pledge the funds at a charity match he will take part in later this week to raise funds for the appeal ahead of the Australian Open starting on January 20

Tennis players have been quick to respond to the bushfire crisis, which has left at least 27 people dead and burned an area the size of South Korea.

Players on the men’s tour have donated US$500,000, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) said, while Serena Williams handed over her $43,000 winner’s cheque from the Auckland Classic.