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Snooker player Neil Robertson makes Masters pledge for Australian wildfires

By Joe Leavey

Neil Robertson has become the latest in a long line of sportsmen and women to pledge donations to the victims of the Australian wildfires.

The Cambridge-based player hails from Melbourne - a city that itself has been heavily affected by the blaze, which has so far killed 28 people and millions of animals, destroyed over 2,000 homes and burned around 18 million acres of land.

And, after compatriots Nick Kyrgios, Ashleigh Barty and Shane Warne, as well as the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic announced that they would be making contributions to the fire-fighting effort, snooker star Robertson - currently playing in The Masters at Alexandra Palace - has made his own promise.

“I’ve seen a couple of sportsmen doing little things to help promote the various charities back home,” he said.

“I came up with an idea to donate £100 for every century made this week - not just myself - as well as donating £5,000 on top of that.

“A couple of players have come in with me on that as well, and World Snooker have also matched my £5,000 donation as well as £100.

“To get that kind of feedback - people on social media have said that they’re going to put in £5 for a century - all these little things add up.

“The charity that I’m going to be donating to is the Wires Wildlife Rescue and these are just all volunteers, people that are going out in their cars and rescuing koalas and wombats.”

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