CHAMP SERVES UP PRAISE FOR FIREYS

Herald Sun - - FRONT PAGE - JACKIE EP­STEIN

Tennis leg­end Ser­ena Wil­liams yes­ter­day per­son­ally thanked our fire­fight­ers for their heroic ef­forts. Ac­com­pa­nied by her daugh­ter Alexis Olympia, Wil­liams met vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers from North War­randyte CFA who have bat­tled blazes in Vic­to­ria and NSW.

SER­ENA Wil­liams showed her sup­port for Vic­to­ria’s fire­fight­ers with a spe­cial meet­ing yes­ter­day.

The tennis cham­pion met three vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers from North War­randyte CFA — Cap­tain Trent Bur­riss, fire­fighter An­drew Crump and Lieu­tenant Peter Cahill — who have been at fire­fronts.

“She thanked us for our ser­vice,’’ Lieu­tenant Cahill said.

“She asked us for places she should do­nate to and we’ve made a rec­om­men­da­tion that money goes to the fam­i­lies of the fire­fight­ers who were killed in the line of duty.

“We’ve had to deal with a lot of smoke and flames in the last month. The sup­port has been fan­tas­tic, es­pe­cially from the town­ship of Mal­la­coota.”

Wil­liams, who was joined by her daugh­ter Alexis Olympia, do­nated her Auck­land Clas­sic win­ner’s cheque of $62,000 to Aus­tralian bush­fire relief.

“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 has been hap­pen­ing in Aus­tralia with all the fire and … an­i­mals and peo­ple that have lost their homes,” she said.

Tonight Wil­liams joins tennis stars in­clud­ing Roger Fed­erer, Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyr­gios at the AO Rally for Relief fundrais­ing event at Mel­bourne Park.

Pic­tures: ALEX COP­PEL

Ser­ena Wil­liams meets North War­randyte CFA mem­bers Trent Bur­riss, An­drew Crump and Peter Cahill.

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