Roger Federer made headlines for rallying from seven match points and braving groin injury to win his Australia Open quarter-final against Tennys Sandgren. After showing no mercy on the court to his rival, Federer soon had his benevolent side to the fore as he promoted on his Instagram account the charity game he will play against arch rival and friend Rafael Nadal.
The 20-time Grand Slam Champion Federer will play his first-ever match in Sub-Saharan Africa in Cape Town on February 7 for the charity for children in the region. There cannot be a bigger attraction in tennis than Federer meeting the 18-time Grand Slam Champion and arch rival Nadal.
Federer has shared his excitement in the Instagram post.
“This Match in Africa is a dream comes true,” said Federer. “I will play in my mother’s home country against my toughest rival and friend Rafa Nadal. We share not only the love for tennis but also for the good cause of giving children a better start in education and in life. I feel privileged to have other leading philanthropists on board to entertain millions of people in the stadium and on TV. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for my family and me.”
Rafael Nadal said: “Roger and I have shared so many magical moments on and off the court. Travelling with him to Cape Town and playing for the benefit of children is something I am very excited about. It will be my first time in the region with Roger as a tour guide – that will be fun.”
The match will be played to support children’s education in Africa. The Match will be the 6th edition of this event, but the first to be played in Africa. The spectacular arena on the Atlantic coast has a seating capacity of more than 50,000 people and will be the perfect venue to attempt to also set a new world record for the most spectators to watch a tennis match. As curtain-raiser fans will be treated to a celebrity- pro doubles match between Roger Federer & Bill Gates vs Rafael Nadal and Trevor Noah.
The Match in Cape Town, South Africa is presented in partnership with Rolex and Credit Suisse.
The tickets will be priced to ensure the match is accessible to as many fans as possible. All net proceeds will be benefiting the Roger Federer Foundation’s programs in the region.