Thank You South Africa, Thank You Cape Town

Thank You South Africa, Thank You Cape Town

That is exactly what we witnessed in Capt Town, South Africa on Saturday as Federer and Nadal attracted what organisers said was a world record crowd for a tennis match when they played an exhibition event.

In the Match for Africa that set the record for the maximum attendance in any tennis match ever with 51,954 spectators, Roger Federer came away a victor.

Also, it was a dream come true for Federer who played his first-ever match in South Africa, also the place where his mother was born. The doubles match between Federer/Bill Gates and Nadal/Trevor Noah is scheduled for 19:30.

Living up to his worldwide reputation, funnyman Trevor Noah stole the show during the doubles encounter and Mzansi couldn't get enough of his antics. Nadal Comedian and television host Trevor Noh from Africa participated. A charity that started 16 years ago, and has already benefitted 1.5 million children in Africa and Switzerland by providing them with better quality education, can now help even more vulnerable kids.

Also, a sellout crowd of 51,954 came to the stadium to watch Federer and Nadal turn it on. The coin for the toss, a newly minted 20 Swiss Francs with Federer's image on it. Federer recently became the first living Swiss to be engraved on one of the nation's coins. The event managed to raise over R52 million for the Roger Federer Foundation.

Bill Gates and Roger Federer
Bill Gates and Roger Federer

Dressed in a matching pink-and-white outfit with Rafael's signature headband included, Trevor's comedic wit, charming personality, and creative tennis skills made for great entertainment.

It was Federer's first game in his mother's country of birth, and the country where the Swiss had the best odds was his second home. I really hope we can do it again.

"To have 51 954 people in attendance at a tennis match, I never thought I'd be a part of something like that".

Siya received a roaring standing-ovation as he confidently walked onto the court amid a display of pyrotechnic flares to hand Roger a Bok jersey which the 20-time Grand Slam champion quickly pulled over his head and wore with pride. "I believe occasions like these remind South Africans what we can, it advises me of the magic we can attain". After the match, the former world number one said he had enjoyed the experience.

"It was a magical evening", said Federer after the contest, which was played in high spirits between points, but was fiercely competitive when the ball was in play.

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