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Rafter Helping Save Koalas Down Under

Watch: Rafter Helping Save Koalas Down Under


By Alberto Amalfi | Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Patrick Rafter is not probably the most prolific champion in US Open historical past—he is actually probably the most philanthropic.

In an act of kindness and generosity, Rafter donated half of his champion’s test from profitable the 1997 US Open to the Starlight Foundation charity to profit unwell youngsters in his native Australia. Rafter later began his personal charity alongside together with his mom and sister to assist youngsters in want in Australia.

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The former world No. 1 was probably the most dynamic serve-and-volleyers of his period.

These days, devoted serve-and-volleyer Rafter is dedicated to serving others.

The 49-year-old Aussie is the topic of the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s new TennisWorthy Series.


In this new episode, Rafter discusses his back-to-back US Open title triumphs, his charitable endeavors and his efforts to reforest his property to supply secure haven for Australia’s fame koalas, who’re underneath menace from predators.

“Winning the two titles changes your life,” Rafter mentioned. “It’s just as simple as that.

“The first [US Open] cash that I gave to charity was the Starlight Foundation and I quickly noticed the advantage of it. It was an awesome charity for me to provide the primary lot of cash to. After that, it was my very own charity that we arrange with my sister and my mom. It was for youngsters in Australia.”

Photo credit score: US Open

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