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Roger Federer and the continent of Africa have a deep connection. After the recent record-breaking charity event ‘Match in Africa’, Federer talked about his fondness for the land. He also talked about the places and countries he wishes to visit there.

Roger Federer and his African roots
Born in Basel, Switzerland, Roger has lived there his entire life. But he also holds a South African passport along with the Swiss one. As it happens, his mother, Lynette Federer (nee Durand) is from the Gauteng province in South Africa.

Roger Federer and children

There is little doubt that Roger Federer appreciates this connection, even cherishes it. Being a philanthropist, one of his biggest objectives has been to support the education and athletics of children in Africa. This is evident from the ‘Match for Africa initiative taken up by the Roger Federer Foundation since 2010.

But what about the other fascinating things about the country and continent?

Federer vacationed in South Africa a few times as a child, but as he grew up he found himself ever so short on time. That is hardly surprising given the hectic schedule of the ATP World Tour. Tennis is one of the only high profile sports in which the season lasts about 11 months in a year.

While on the topic of tourism in South Africa, Roger was asked what had to be experienced in the country to truly get to know it. (Do note that the below extract is the English translation of a German interview)

Roger federer

“Above all, you have to take your time. I would not only travel to South Africa, but also try to visit countries like Namibia, Botswana or Zimbabwe. Sure, you can’t miss a safari, it’s unique. And Cape Town has long been a global hotspot.”

The Swiss maestro also mentioned that he and his wife, Mirka, were to drive to the Cape of Good Hope the next day since she had never been there.

“We also want to visit the vineyards. Incidentally , I’ve never been to Table Mountain . It is a must, so I keep it as a good reason to come back here soon.”

Well looks like Federer has it all figured out. he seems to have a few plans already in place for when he retires. Let’s just hope it is still a long way away.


Roger Federer is Eager To Return To South Africa

Roger Federer

The Swiss legend Roger Federer had gala time Cape Town, South Africa after a successful exhibition match against his greatest adversary, Rafael Nadal. After hosting the triumphant event, it seems that Federer is still not done with the South African nation. His duties as a tourist are yet to be completed.

While he was touring in the first week of February, Roger was surrounded by the Table Mountain (a prominent landmark in Cape Town). But surprisingly, he has never been to the mountains.

“By the way, I have never been on the Table Mountain, but this is a must, so I keep this as a reason to return here soon,” Federer told Schweizer Illustrierte (Swiss media).

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Federer is close to the country of South Africa as his roots trace out to that nation, as his mother, Lynette Federer hails from that region.

“Looking back on last week is still surreal” – Roger Federer

The ‘Fedal’ shown in Cape Town on February 7, witnessed a record-breaking audience of 51,954 people. Also, the match raised US $ 3.5 million for the Roger Federer Foundation. It was the highest amount ever raised in the ‘Match for Africa’ series. Since it was started in the year 2010.

“What an unforgettable night: we raised 3.5 million USD for the vulnerable children in the region. Achieved a world record with more than 51,000 spectators at a tennis match and had so much fun. Thanks to the three inspiring philanthropists Rafa, Bill and Trevor for having shared this emotional moment,” Federer shared on Instagram.

The Basel native wanted the tickets to accessible for the spectators. And consequently, 10,000 tickets were available for nearly US $11.

Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer play

“Thanks to the hundreds of people who organized this Match in Africa and created a high-class event. But most of all, thank you, South Africa. Thank you Cape Town for your overwhelming support and for making a difference for those in need,” he added.

“Looking back on last week is still surreal,” Federer reflected on the festive Friday and a few productive days in Cape Town via social media. Also, off the court, Federer and Nadal also toured around the city of Cape Town and interacted with local children.

Up next on the ATP Tour, towards the end of February, World Number three Roger Federer is scheduled to defend his title in Dubai.

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