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‘That was all I was thinking about’: Kyrgios steps up for fire relief in winning start

It could be an expensive summer for Nick Kyrgios, and he could hardly be more content. The Australian tennis star has notched up a $4000 donation to the bushfire appeal after only one match of the ATP Cup.

The world No.30 got the Australian cause off to the best possible start when he defeated Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Brisbane’s Pat Rafter Arena on Friday night. Crucially, he knocked down 20 aces in the process, ensuring his $200-per-thunderbolt donation for fire relief added up to a tidy sum.

Kyrgios began with an ace and finished in the same fashion. Like several leading players, including teammate Alex de Minaur, he pledged his financial support via his racquet. With Struff firing off 15 aces of his own, and the ATP matching both players with $100 a shout, the total grew to $7500 for 72 minutes of work.

Kyrgios has taken the bushfire cause to heart. His only regret is he wasn’t able to start earlier. He hails from Canberra and his family have suffered from the horrid air quality of nearby blazes. He was emotional after the win and said every time he stepped up to serve, all he could think about was putting extra cash in the fund.

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