Roger Federer’s “The Match for Africa” exhibition charity match held at SAP Center, San Jose has raised $2.5 million for his Roger Federer Foundation with more than 15,000 tickets sold.
The charity match was played between the Swiss tennis star and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The duo had last played together in a doubles match at ‘Match For Africa 4’ in Seattle last year and raised more than $2 million.
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The money raised for the foundation will support education projects in six different countries in southern Africa as well as Federer’s native Switzerland. RG Foundation works towards the empowerment of African children living in poverty through quality education service.
Bill Gates and Roger Federer in the NBC US Today Show talking about their charitable Engagement. Two philantopists for one cause: https://t.co/nyYCEhF9sK #strategicgrantmaking #philanthropy #educationempowers #MatchforAfrica pic.twitter.com/OLSUvPXg3R
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Federer and Gates went against ATP world no. 10 Jack Sock and NBC Today Show co-host Savannah Guthrie in a friendly doubles match. Federer-Gates won the single set match by 6-3.
After the doubles, Federer went against 25 year old Sock in a best-of-three sets match. Sock pushed Federer to an 11-9 tiebreaker in the first set before dropping the second set 6-4.
A video for match promotion was released in January this year featuring Federer training Gates, from weightlifting, training with truck tyres, lunges with a heavy bar over his shoulders, to studying a tennis book and both table tennis and lawn tennis practice to work on his reflexes and skills. “You’ll train like I do,” Federer had said. “You are ready.”
Roger Federer Foundation, till date, has raised over $36 million to support children’s education in six African countries and Federer’s native Switzerland. An estimated 850,000 children across 18 programs have so far benefited from the foundation’s giving. Federer has already raised $40 million by playing exhibition games for charity to support the cause of education in Africa.
Federer reclaimed ATP no. 1 position, after last having held the top spot 4th October 2014, edging out world no. 5 Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov at ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament finals at Rotterdam on 18th February 2018. The Swiss tennis star at the age of 36 is the oldest no. 1 in ATP rankings and has held the top spot for a record 303 weeks leaving behind Pete Sampras (286 weeks) and Ivan Lendl (270 weeks).
Federer also became the most decorated hero in Laureus Awards history by winning awards in two categories (Sportsman of the year and comeback of the year) for this year’s award function held in Monaco on 27th Feb. Federer now has six awards to his name.