MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Alexander Zverev reached the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 7-6 (4) 6-3 victory over Marco Cecchinato on Tuesday and promptly pledged to donate his prize money to the bushfire appeal if he lands a maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park.
The 22-year-old seventh seed has not been in the best of form, however, so his further pledge of $10,000 for every match he wins in the tournament might work out to be a more realistic donation.
The German conceded that he was not the favorite to raise the trophy on Feb. 2 but, if he did, the A$4.12 million ($2.84 million) first prize would be by far the largest individual donation to the Aces for Bushfires appeal.
“Obviously I’m more fortunate than maybe other people are. Every cent can help the Australian people, the Australian animals, the Australian nature in general,” he said.
“If I win the Australian Open, I will be the happiest person on the planet. I think that the (money) will be in much…
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