Bill Gates to join Federer for Cape Town fundraiser

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest man, is due on court today in Cape Town as part of Roger Federer’s charity exhibition against Rafael Nadal.

Gates, who has worked with Federer’s foundation on past projects, will be joined in the tennis fundraiser for South African-born Daily Show television host Trevor Noah on Twitter.

Gates was all-in after being challenged on Twitter to front up by Noah.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Gates, a serious tennis head who participated at a Federer event in 2017 in his native Seattle.

The sixth edition of the Match in Africa,” will raise money to benefit Federer’s foundation dedicated to children’s education in his mother’s native South Africa.

“Obviously this Match for Africa has been a dream of mine for many, many years.” Federer said of the logistical challenge to get Nadal on board at the event.

“It’s unfortunate that it’s taken this long, but life on tour sometimes is what it is. I couldn’t be more excited now that it’s actually really happening.

“That Rafa is willing to do it is exciting, of course, it’s going to be very, very special for me on many levels to play there.”

Federer said the event will be priced for the masses. “We’ve tried to make it accessible for a lot of people to come – not just have a high-end event for the wealthy; to try ad print money.

“That was never the idea, the idea was to have a fun, fun evening for everybody, (which) I think we’re going to be able to achieve.”

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