In an interview with US magazine Vogue, Federer revealed he had agreed to play his great rival Nadal in a benefit match next year.
But it has been confirmed the two players will compete at the 55,000 seater Cape Town Stadium on February 7.
Federer and Nadal will play a singles match then doubles with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and South African-born comedian Trevor Noah.
Federer’s mother Lynette is from South Africa and the Swiss star is delighted to have the chance to play in her homeland.
“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-lifetime moment for my family and I.”
Nadal added: “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.”
It is hoped the event will set a world record for most spectators at a tennis match with proceeds going to the Roger Federer Foundation’s programs in the region.
Back in 2010, Federer and Nadal played a charity match in Zurich, Switzerland before meeting again at the Caja Magica in Madrid.
Source link : https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/1149178/Roger-Federer-Rafael-Nadal-charity-match-South-Africa
Publish date : 2019-07-04 16:21:00