52,000 viewers and $ 3.5 million in revenue. How is this possible?
Federer and Nadal set an attendance record, while Djokovic is having rest in the Alps. The main event of last week, the first after the end of the Australian Open, was a charity match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Cape town. This place was not chosen by chance — South Africa is the birthplace of Roger’s mother, Lynette. It is not easy to find a more proud and happy parent than Frau Federer on a Friday night.
The capacity of Cape Town Stadium, built for the 2010 World Cup, is officially 50,000 people, but due to high demand, there were more tickets sold. Although the organizers received more than 200,000 applications. As a result, the demonstration tenis tournament gathered a record audience for tennis — 51,954 people. The previous record was also set at a match involving Roger — in November 2019, he and Sasha Zverev gathered 42,217 people in Mexico City.
At the beginning of the evening, a pair match was held in the “professional — amateur” format, in which:
- Roger Federer played in tandem with Bill Gates, who everyone knows.
- Rafael Nadal is a native of South Africa, a comedian from New York Trevira Noah.
During the course of a one-set meeting, there were such practical jokes.
There were also funny, professional jokes. So, for example, Federer reacted to the blow on the departure of Nadal: “How many of them have I seen in my entire life!” In the main match of the day, Federer beat Nadal in three sets— 6:4, 3:6, 6:3.
And then there were very emotional interviews and even dancing.
“As usual, we tried our best,” Nadal said. — It’s a lifelong memory to play in this stadium in front of such an audience. It’s very nice to be a part of this event.”
“It is a real pleasure to share the court with Rafa again, but for the first time here in beautiful Cape Town. It means even more, ” Federer said.
Roger received a really warm welcome in his mother’s country. Many of the spectators were wearing T-shirts with his logo and waving placards that read “Welcome home Roger”, and the coin tossed during the draw was 20 Swiss Francs with his image.
Thanks to the event, the Roger Federer Foundation raised $ 3.5 million to improve the quality of children’s education in six countries in South Africa, including South Africa.
Tennis new- Djokovic sings and chills on the slopes
The name of Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, explodes the information space no less. He attended the Sanremo music festival, where he spoke Italian from the stage and even sang a song by Eros Ramazzotti.
By the way, Djokovic is from a skiing family. His father, Srdjan, uncle, and aunt, were engaged in this sport professionally. The father even wanted his son to follow in his footsteps.
Now Djokovic senior distinguished himself by giving an interview to the Serbian edition of Telegraf, in which he spoke unflatteringly about the Australian public and said that his son would surpass the records of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Here are some quotes:
“The seven-time Australian Open champion, who has never lost in the finals, is playing on center court against an Austrian, and they are rooting for an Austrian. Just imagine the disrespect for Novak.”
“In Sydney, where Serbia won the ATP Cup, there were a lot of Serbian fans, and Nadal couldn’t handle it. As for Novak, this has been happening with him all the time for the past 15 years, and he has never complained.”
“This year, Novak will repeat the achievement of Federer in terms of the number of Grand slam victories because he will win all three remaining tournaments. And I think, in October, he will also catch up with him in terms of the number of weeks in the first place in the ATP rankings.”