There is a controversy regarding a ticket giveaway for the exhibition match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Cape Town in February. The tickets for the exhibition match were sold out in ten minutes when they went on sale last year.
‘The Match in Africa’ is the first time that 20 time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer will be playing a match in Sub-Saharan Africa. All proceeds from the match will go towards supporting children’s education in Africa.
There will also be a celebrity pro doubles match between Roger Federer & Bill Gates vs Rafael Nadal and Trevor Noah prior to the Federer-Nadal clash. Currently, there is a competition being held by Steadfast Africa where the winner would get two tickets but now there appears to be uncertainty regarding the legitimacy of the competition.
According to The South African, Nicholas Sadleir says that they had received ‘a legal letter to say the competition was against ticket rules" and that Steadfast Africa ins the process of contending this. As part of the original competition, the travel company offered a prize of two tickets to the game that will be held at Cape Town Stadium which also included a two-night stay at a top waterfront hotel.
The competition was scheduled to run until the 24th of January; with the winner being announced on Friday. In a press release from the Roger Federer Foundation, Federer had said, "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 also said he was looking forward to playing against Federer in Cape Town. “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”.