'Federer vs Nadal in 2020 Cape Town will not be just an exhibition match'


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'Federer vs Nadal in 2020 Cape Town will not be just an exhibition match'

In an interview to CNBC Africa, the CEO of the Roger Federer Foundation Janine Händel spoke about the exhibition match between the Swiss and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal that will take place in Cape Town on 7 February, 2020.

Handel said: "It will be a very emotional moment not just for the region but for Roger himself. He has been thinking about it for many years. He has fans everywhere in the world and especially in South Africa. This is what we feel every minute preparing this match.

It is an exhibition match but there is not so much fun about it. They really take it serious and we really do everything to present IQ tennis with IQ conditions as the court, environment in the stadium. They take it very seriously."

On the Foundation, she added: "All started in South Africa and it has been growing over the last 15 years. We are really focused on empowering children and how do you empower children best? By education. So education is our exclusive focus, we want that all children have a good start in formal education.

It's about the Foundation of all learning which happens over the first seven years of age to succeed in life. Up today we are at about 1.3 million in the region and it's not just a bit of charity. It's serious. It's 1.3 million of lives, potential and future."

What are the plans for the future? "We just started this new strategy until 2025 so it's very strategic. There is still some work to do and bringing in more the parents." When is Federer retiring? "It's not a difficult question because nobody knows.

Even Roger doesn't know. Because the moment you start to think about, you will not be as good as on the court as he is. As long as he is healthy and full of joy for sport, he will continue."