We knew it would be simply a matter of time before Ash Barty joined the other professionals who are getting behind relief effort aimed at helping the souls impacted by the unprecedented bushfire scourge.
Nick Kyrgios pledged $200 per ace, and then promptly dealt 20 aces to his opponent in Australia’s ATP Cup from Germany, but was then forced to pull out of his next match because of his chronically aching back.
For the umpteenth time, Nicky, rest until it’s right, lest you risk becoming the tennis version of Tiger Woods.
Barty has risen to the times, pledging to donate her prize money from the Brisbane International to the Australian Red Cross.
This is not the first occasion she has contributed. She donated to a shelter for animals in November.
“It’s been really terrible, it really has. For me this started two or three months ago,” Barty said of the damage caused by bush fires. “We have to remember, this has been going on for a long time across our whole country. The first I saw of it was actually flying home … to the east coast and we could see some of the smoke and some of the fires.”
Many other top Aussie athletes have stepped up.
David Warner, Ben Simmons, Mitch Creek and Sam Kerr are just a few.
In an era where many of the professionals can project images of self-centred entitlement, it is nice to see some with clear perspectives regarding things that truly matter.
Others showing empathy for the situation are Sam Stosur, Chris Lynn, Reece Hodge, Aaron Finch and Toby Price.
Times such as these show the true perspective sports should occupy in comparison to larger events. The government can only do so much with the resources and funding at its disposal.
While the era of social media might make it easy to view the athletes’ efforts with cynicism, the athletes could be standing aside and do nothing, but this is one instance, among many, where they have put their money where their mouths are.