The day before the heavily-expected Match In Africa, first-ever encounter between long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the African continent, the Swiss posted a short video on Twitter, in which he explains the reason behind the orange color of the Cape Town Stadium court and kindly pokes fun at his rival and “good friend”.
“Hello everybody. I’m in Cape Town. Just got to the tennis court, or football stadium. Have a look… amazing! And we’ve got the orange colour, for Rafa, so that he feels like he’s on clay. But it’s hardcourt,” Federer said in the video, referring to the Spaniard’s dominance on the clay surface.
The pair’s exhibition match will raise funds for the Roger Federer Foundation, which supports children’s education in Africa and Switzerland.
More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the event, breaking the record of 42,517 spectators that watched the November 2019 exhibition match in Mexico, where Federer prevailed over Alexander Zverev in three sets. The 38-year-old admitted being very happy and excited to finally play in South Africa, his mother Lynette’s home country.
He even qualified it as “a dream come true”. Apart from their singles encounter, the World No. 2 and No. 3 will also face each other in a doubles match. Federer will play alongside billionaire Bill Gates, while Nadal will team-up with South African personality Trevor Noah.