The 51,954 people present at the Cape Town Stadium was witnessed of a great day for tennis and for charity, with everyone at the center: the two protagonists Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Bill Gates and Trevor Noah, the organizers, the children, the crowd, the Roger Federer Foundations and all the fans who watched the event on TV or on social media.
The proceeds were $ 3.5 million, while Federer and Nadal marked a new crowd-record for a single tennis match, surpassing the 42,517 people in the Mexico City match between Federer and Alexander Zverev. The atmosphere of the day was festive and exciting.
Federer came back to his mother's hometown, ready, after nine years, to challenge Nadal in a charity match. With his Spaniard friend and rival he did the impossible, enriching a day that will be remembered forever in the history of tennis, sport and charity.
A perfect spot, an iconic synthesis of the power of sport and all its potential. A sporting event, with at the center the performance between the two greatest tennis players ever, will allow to the Roger Federer Foundation to carry out very important projects for African children.
The presence of Bill Gates and Trevor Noah has widened the resonance basin of a day that was awaited for months by fans and media (tickets were sold in ten minutes!). A triumph, from morning to night. Before the arrival of the two highly anticipated champions, then in the afternoon the Learning Through Play, during which Federer and Nadal met the children for a learning session between funny stories and scheduled activities.
A moment that contains the essence of the day. Then the challenge between Federer and Nadal, won by the Swiss in three sets, with the score of 6-4 3-6 6-3. An exhibition, yes, but a real and spectacular match, during which the two champions showed a great tennis, to the delight of the crowd.
“What an unforgettable night! We raised more than three and a half million dollars for vulnerable children in the region, hit a world record with over 51,945 people in a tennis match and had so much fun on the court.
Thanks, Rafa for the excellent game, to Bill and Trevor for leaving their comfort zones and, above all, thanks South Africa, and thanks to Cape Town, for all your overwhelming support and for making the difference for those who I need it most" said Roger Federer at the end of the evening. A triumph.