Early last month, Serena Williams won her first singles title in three years. Her ASB Classic victory against American tennis player Jessica Pegula marks her 73rd championship title and first title since the birth of her daughter Olympia in 2017. At 38 years old, Williams has now held titles in four decades.
As impressive as her accomplishment already was, the tennis icon took it a step further and decided to donate all $43,000 of her prize money to Australian bushfire relief efforts. “I’ve been playing in Australia for over 20 years, and it’s been really hard for me to watch all the news and everything that’s been happening in Australia with all the fires and over a billion animals and people who have lost their homes,” said Williams. “So I decided that I would donate all my prize money for a great cause.”
Since the start of one of Australia’s worst fire seasons on record, the tragic wildfires have claimed 33 human lives, destroyed thousands of homes and depleted over 1 billion animals. More than 11 million hectares of land have been scorched. Williams’s generous donation contributes to those of a long list of celebrities who have also shown their support of Australian relief efforts, including Elton John, Pink, Kylie Jenner, Chris Hemsworth and Lizzo.
Why We Like It:
Starting the decade off with an impressive win in her singles final at the ASB Classic, one would assume that fans and lifelong supporters could not be prouder of Serena Williams after clinching her newest title. However, her admirable decision to donate all of her prize money to help support victims of the devastating Australian bushfires reminds the world that she is not just an amazing athlete. She’s a phenomenal human being. Williams has a strong connection to Australia after playing there for over twenty years. Donating her prize money to help those who have lost their homes and help prevent further animal loss is surely a great cause.