Will you be attending this possibly record-breaking event?
Dan Plato, the mayor of Cape Town, South Africa, has confirmed that a charity match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be hosted in the city in February 2020. The Grand Slam titans will face off in Federer's mother's home country on 07 February at 8pm at the Cape Town Stadium.
The funds raised from the match will go towards charities benefitting children's education in Africa, and tickets will go on sale in September, announced ATP Tour. Children's education is not the only reason the two will square off, however; this match will also be an attempt to break the world record for the most attendees at a tennis match.
The current record stands at 35,681 attendees at an exhibition match in Brussels between Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in 2010. Cape Town Stadium has a capacity of 55,000, and mayor Plato has expressed confidence that the record stands a good chance of being broken.
"Looking at their followers, lots of tennis spectators will follow them down to Cape Town," said Plato. Another potential audience attraction will be the hosting of a celebrity/pro doubles match, also at Cape Town Stadium. This will see Federer and Microsoft's Bill Gates play against Nadal and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah.
For Federer, this charity match is a dream come true. "I will play in my mother's home country against my toughest rival and friend, Rafa Nadal," the tennis giant said. "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."
Nadal has expressed similar excitement about next year's match. "Travelling with [Roger] 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."
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