South Africa’s legislative capital and port city, Cape Town is set to hosts two of the world’s greatest tennis players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on Friday, February 6, 2020.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Federer, will clash with his long time rival, Nadal, 19-time Grand Slam winner, in a non-competitive match at home country of Federer’s mother.
Although, this will be the sixth edition of the event by the Roger Federer Foundation to support children’s education in Africa, it will be the first time to be played in Africa.
Speaking about the game, Roger Federer stated, “This Match in Africa is a dream come true. 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 I,” Federer stressed.
His opponent, Rafael Nadal also 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.”
Hey @RogerFederer, you & @billgates want to play doubles against me & @RafaelNadal!? Okay. We accept your challenge, but be prepared for the crowd in SA to be on our side! See you Feb 7 in Cape Town! Masihambe! #MatchInAfrica— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) January 29, 2020
Cape Town Stadium, the spectacular arena on the Atlantic coast to host the tennis match has a seating capacity of more than 50’000 people.
As a curtain raiser fans will be treated to a celebrity- pro doubles match with Bill Gates and Trevor Noah.
The Roger Federer Foundation is a global professionally managed grant foundation, aimed at improving the quality of education and supports the development of individual skills, searches for innovative solutions and acts in a targeted way in order to improve children’s situation in less privileged countries.