TENNIS NEWS - It’s the tennis event of a lifetime – Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal in Cape Town – and SuperSport will broadcast the action live on February 7.
Appropriately titled “The Match in Africa”, the showdown will be the first to be played in Africa and brings together two of the greatest players in tennis history.
Federer is a 20-time Grand Slam champion and Nadal is a 19-time champion, ensuring instant iconic status for the event, designed to support children’s education in Africa.
Ensuring it’s a must-see event, the Cape Town Stadium will also host a celebrity/pro doubles match between Federer and Bill Gates, the US business magnate, versus Nadal and South African comedian Trevor Noah.
The Match will be the sixth edition of this event, but the first to be played in Africa. SuperSport will also produce the broadcast for an international TV audience.
“This is a dream come true,” said Federer. “I will play in my mother’s home country against my toughest rival and friend Rafael 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.”
Said 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.
The evening will open with the pro-celebrity doubles match, at 7:30pm, entertainment and the main feature match starting at 8:30pm.