For those in the tennis world who did not know comedian Trevor Noah, after his appearance at the Match In Africa, they surely do so now. Noah was part of the celebrity doubles exhibition match at the Match in Africa event, where he partnered with Rafael Nadal against Bill Gates and Roger Federer.
Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host and is the current host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central. According to DispatchLive, Noah recalls the Match in Africa saying it was one of the best experiences of his life.
“To say tonight was a dream come true is an understatement. We helped raise more than $3m (nearly R45m) to help spur education in Africa. We set a world record for the highest attendance for a tennis match and I got to play tennis with two of the greatest players of all time, while also sharing the court with my friend and one of the greatest minds of all time.
And all of this happened in my home country, South Africa. Thank you Roger, Rafa, Bill and every single person who supported this great cause. I have lived one thousand dreams in one night!” For the record, it was Gates and Federer who won the doubles match although the result did not really matter.
The match did create a world tennis record for most fans attending a tennis match and the funds raised would go to the Roger Federer Foundation, which has organized these exhibition events around the world. This was the sixth edition of the exhibition series over the past 10 years and the first time in South Africa, which is also the homeland of Roger Federer's mother.