Tennis legend Roger Federer has arrived in South Africa, a country he loves since his mother is a South African expat and he grew up visiting the country.
The Swiss sportsman is here this time for the much-anticipated ‘Match in Africa’ event in Cape Town, that will be held on Friday 7 February – when he faces his friend and opponent Rafael Nadal (number one in the world) from Spain, for the first time ever on African soil.
But between now and Friday he will be busy as he visits schools that benefit from his Roger Federer Foundation.
Roger posted a message just after 18h00 SA time saying: “Landed safely in South Africa 🇿🇦, on the way to Namibia 🇳🇦 for our @rogerfederer.foundation site visit 😁”
South Africans and Namibians have taken to social media to wish Roger a warm welcome in typical southern African style!
Landed safely in South Africa 🇿🇦, on the way to Namibia 🇳🇦 for our @rogerfederer.foundation sit visit 😁🎾
It’s the 6th edition of this event, but the first to be played in Africa… and will benefit children’s education on the continent (including in South Africa).
The spectacular arena in Cape Town has a seating capacity of more than 50,000 people and the aim is to set a new world record for the most spectators to watch a tennis match.
Leading up to the match, Roger has said: “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. 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.”
Rafael 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.”