Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are hoping to make history on Friday (7 February) by attracting the highest attendance for a tennis match at Federer’s Match in Africa charity event in Cape Town. They are hoping to raise more than $1 million (over R14 million) for the Roger Federer Foundation that supports early childhood education in six African countries and Switzerland.
Yes, the two of them are set to go head-to-head at the Cape Town Stadium on 7 February 2020 with Trevor Noah and Bill Gates joining in for some fun.
Come out and support the Match In Africa tonight in Cape Town! 🇿🇦 Rafa Nadal You can watch it for free on Tennistv.com 👌#capetown #matchinafrica #Gateserer #worldrecordPosted by Roger Federer on Friday, February 7, 2020
A friendly warm-up
Federer and Nadal had a light warm-up on the Grand Parade in Cape Town ahead of the event.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal warm up on the Grand Parade in Cape Town
WATCH: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have a light warm-up on the Grand Parade in Cape Town ahead of tonight's #MatchInAfrica event.Vidoe: Ayanda Ndamamane/ African News Agency #matchinAfricaPosted by Cape Argus on Friday, February 7, 2020
A ‘clay’ court
Before starting their match, Roger revealed the stadium to his fans with a short video posted on his social media channels. With that, he mocked Nadal’s ultimate prowess on the clay court.
“Hello everybody. I’m in Cape Town. Just got to the tennis court or football stadium. Have a look… amazing! And we’ve got the orange color, for Rafa, so that he feels like he’s on clay. But it’s hardcourts!” Federer said.
🤯🤯🤯🤯 @rafaelnadal @trevornoah @thisisbillgates. Are you ready?😅😅 #matchinafrica #southafrica #capetown @rogerfederer.foundationPosted by Roger Federer on Thursday, February 6, 2020
What to expect at Match in Africa:
Zip ZapDare to dream with the Zip Zap Circus at The Match in Africa. Zip Zap Circus is a Cape Town-based social circus that uses the circus arts as a powerful tool for youth development and social transformation. Ndlovu Youth ChoirThey wowed the world on America’s Got Talent. Now they’re back to perform at The Match in Africa at Cape Town Stadium.
Match in Africa
It's. About. To… Go down! Let's go Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, & Bill Gates! #MatchInAfricaPosted by Trevor Noah on Thursday, February 6, 2020
Where to watch the event
The match and entertainment will be televised by a number of broadcasters throughout the world. In South Africa, you can watch the match on DStv channel 201.
Also read: Siya Kolisi welcomed Roger Federer to Cape Town at a sponsor’s meeting and even played a bit of tennis against the tennis legend.