5 July 2019
Tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will head to Cape Town to play an exhibition charity match at the world-class Cape Town Stadium in February 2020.
The two will attempt to set a world record for attendance at the match, scheduled for 7 February at 20h00, with the help of celebrity guests.
The clash takes place under the auspices of the Roger Federer Foundation and will reportedly be preceded by a doubles match in which Federer will partner Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Nadal will play alongside South African comedian Trevor Noah.
Federer told ATP, “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-lifetime moment for my family and I.
Says Nadal: “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.”
Mayor Dan Plato says Cape Town, the World’s Leading Festival and Events Destination, looks forward to welcoming international visitors to the city for the event.
“For the last couple of years, we could enjoy their tennis. We are very excited. We are grateful, happy. Looking at their followers, lots of tennis spectators will follow them down to Cape Town,” Plato told the SABC.
Built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Cape Town Stadium has a capacity in excess of 50 000 spectators, which would comfortably set a new world record for a charity match.
Tickets for the highly-anticipated Cape Town clash will go on sale in early September.READ MORE