Match For Africa
The Match for Africa is a charity tennis event which sees two of the world’s greatest players competing in large venues across the world. The aim of the event is to raise money for various foundations, all of which work to alleviate poverty on the African continent. Along with tennis, spectators are usually treated to other forms of entertainment, including circus troupes and live music – so it’s almost always an entertaining night out.
Background Information about the Match for Africa
The first Match for Africa took place over two legs. The first was held in Zurich, Roger Federer’s home town, in December 2010 and saw Federer defeat arch-rival Rafael Nadal. A couple of days later, the two clashed again, this time in Madrid, where Nadal was victorious.
In total, the two matches raised around £3 million, so it was no surprise when the Match for Africa returned to Zurich in December 2014. This time, Federer faced Stan Wawrinka, and won again. The match returned once more in early 2017, when Federer defeated Andy Murray. On every occasion, Match for Africa tickets have raised millions for good causes in some of the world’s poorest countries.
With the fourth match relocating to Seattle, USA in April 2017, the event has become a worldwide phenomenon, so look out for future Match for Africa tickets around the world.
The History of the Match for Africa
Although it’s an exhibition match and not a tour event, the Match for Africa always involves a high standard of play and the contests are rarely one sided. For instance, Federer lost the first set in the very first encounter with Nadal, before winning 4–6, 6–3, 6–3. The return in Madrid also went to three sets, and none of the other games have been walkovers.
However, the event isn’t all about watching two of the world’s finest players. Other forms of entertainment are also part of the package. In 2017, the third event saw a spectacular performance from South Africa’s Zip Zap Circus and music from Swiss artist Jesse Ritch. Each time, the Match for Africa offers a showcase for African talent alongside elite tennis, making it a unique competition.
Similar Events to the Match for Africa
If you want to attend a fun tennis event with high-level players, Match for Africa tickets aren’t the only possibility. You could check out Andy Murray Live. Held in Glasgow, it is in its second edition and also raises money for charity. Alternatively, if you are after some enjoyable matches featuring great players, Champions Tennis provides a festive treat at London’s Albert Hall.