Finally! Tickets for the much-anticipated ‘Match in Africa’ – which will see Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal go head to head in a charity match in Cape Town next year- will go on sale this Wednesday, September 4th, at 9 am via Computicket. Tickets will start at R150 and go up to R1 950 for courtside seats and are limited to six tickets per person.
The Grand Slam champions will face off at 8 PM on February 7, 2020, at the Cape Town Stadium in an effort to raise funds for education in Africa. Federer and Nadal will aim to set a world record for the most attendees at a tennis match.
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.” – Roger Federer
The current attendance record for a tennis match is at 35 681. The record was set at an exhibition game in Brussels between Belgian Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in 2010. Cape Town Stadium has a capacity of 55 000 and that’s where Nadal and Federer are hoping to break the record.
The excitement doesn’t end there – organisers have confirmed that there will also be a celebrity “curtain-raiser match” but did not confirm those participants. It was reported earlier this year that the celebrity/pro doubles match prior to the main spectacle would see Federer and Bill Gates, the founder of the Microsoft Corporation, team up to face Nadal and South African comedian Trevor Noah – but that has not been officially confirmed.