Match for Africa and Joining Forces for the Benefit of Children

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Poster for the Match for Africa

"Match for Africa" was a tennis exhibition match played on 21 December 2010. The match was contested between World Number One player Rafael Nadal and World Number Two Roger Federer in Zurich, Switzerland. It was played to benefit the Roger Federer Foundation, which raises money to fund schooling, transport and food for children in Africa. It was the first of two exhibition matches contested by the players in the space of two days, with a match being hosted in Madrid in Nadal's home county, Spain the following day. The match in Madrid was for the benefit of Nadal's foundation and the match was titled "Joining Forces for the Benefit of Children", played at the Caja Mágica.[1]

Demand for the event at the Hallenstadion was high, with the 10,500 tickets being sold out within minutes of going on sale in September 2010. The match was won by home-favourite Federer in three sets, with a 4–6, 6–3, 6–3 scoreline.[2][3] The second match in Madrid was won by Nadal 7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–1.[4]

The matches raised nearly $4 million for charity, with $2.5 million going to the Roger Federer Foundation and $1.3 million to Fundación Rafa Nadal; with more to come in for Nadal's charity as segments of the court were sold from the Madrid match.[5]

Match for Africa 2[edit]

"Match for Africa 2" was a second exhibition match to raise money for the Roger Federer Foundation. The match was played on December 21, 2014 in an again sold out Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland. This time the match was contested between the World Number 2 player Roger Federer and World Number 4 Stan Wawrinka. The match was won by Federer 7–6(7–4), 6–4.[6] This exhibition raised £850,000 for education projects in southern Africa.[7]

Match for Africa 3[edit]

"Match for Africa 3" was a third exhibition match to raise money for the Roger Federer Foundation. The match was originally planned to be in November 2016, but due to Federer's knee injury it was postponed to April 10, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. The match was contested between the world No.4 Roger Federer and world No.1 Andy Murray.[8] The match was won by Federer 6–3, 7–6(8–6). The match raised 1.4 million Suisse francs through the conclusion of the match with another week of donations still to come.

Match for Africa 4[edit]

"Match for Africa 4" was a fourth exhibition event to raise money for the Roger Federer Foundation. The matches were played on April 29, 2017 in Seattle, United States. The doubles match was contested between Roger Federer and Bill Gates versus John Isner and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and was won by Federer/Gates 6–4.[9] The singles match between Federer and Isner was then contested and it was won by Federer 6–4, 7–6(9–7). The event was sponsored by Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks, and Rolex and raised more than $2,000,000.

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