>On Sunday Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Pat Rafter, Novak Djokovic, Sam Stosur, Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt will join together to raise money for the Queensland flood relief fund. All of these players, excluding Rafter, joined together for a similar exhibition last year called Hit for Haiti. This year it will be called Rally for Relief.
Sam Stosur, whose family was displaced in the Queensland flood in the 80′s, will be donating $100 for every ace she serves this summer.
No word yet on if Jim Courier will provide his services as chair umpire again.
The tickets are for Sunday at 2pm and are first come best dressed.
“Along with many of the other players I was moved by the devastation caused by the floods in Australia. We just wanted to do something to help aid the recovery because we know there are thousands of Australians who will continue to suffer as a result of this disaster.” – Roger Federer
“This is a terrible tragedy, not only the loss of life but the destruction of people’s homes. I am pleased to be able to contribute in some way to help bring it to the attention of the world and raise some money for the victims in the process.” – Rafael Nadal
“As an Australian I cannot help but be touched by such an awful turn of events. It is a disaster on a massive scale. Australians are incredible at pulling together in times of crisis and this is certainly one of those times. If the tennis community can also help play a role in the recovery then we should, both in Australia and internationally. I just think at a time like this it is a case of getting all hands on deck.” – Lleyton Hewitt
“The plight of the flood victims has well and truly struck a chord with the entire tennis fraternity. As a Queenslander I am really heartened by the concern and the keenness from our sport to get in and do something to ease the suffering. I know on the scale of things our contribution is only a small one, but it is good to be able to help out.” – Pat Rafter
“A lot of us just want to make some sort of contribution. It breaks my heart to see what is happening to thousands of people in these floods. I am rapt that the biggest names in our sport are so keen to focus on this despite the fact that the Australian Open starts the next day.” – Sam Stosur