Swiss Tennis genius Rogger Federer has landed in South Africa as he prepares to face long time sporting rival, the Spanish Rafael Nadal.
Federer announced his arrival in Johannesburg on his various social media accounts, prompting joyous reactions from South-African Tennis fans. The 38-year old is in the country to take on Nadal in a much-anticipated match on Friday.
The 20 times Grand-slam winner , is currently in Namibia on a site visit to his foundation which has been running a school readiness initiative for two years. According to reports in Namibia, Federer is scheduled for a brief meeting with the Namibian President Hage Geingob before moving back to S.A for the match.
The event is dubbed the “The Match in Africa” and will take place at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday.
The exhibition match will be the first played on African soil under the auspices of the Roger Federer Foundation to raise funds for children’s education in Africa.
Event organisers would also attempt to break the world record for the most spectators to watch a single tennis match at the stadium, which seats 50 000 people.
It’s understood that Federer will be staying at a luxurious five-star boutique hotel on the Atlantic seaboard in Cape Town.
The hotel has previously hosted the likes of Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, with room rates ranging from R10 000 up to R25 000.
Guests are treated to expansive views of the Atlantic Seaboard, cocktails and canapés on the deck at sunset and can also pop into an on-site spa or gym.
South Africans took to social media to express their delight soon as he posted his arrival. Rogger federer is currently ranked 3 in the tennis rankings.