The event will take place at his home arena, the Zurich Hallenstadion, to raise money for the Roger Federer Foundation—and he will be joined by Olympic and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
The date falls immediately after the weekend of the Davis Cup quarter-finals, perhaps an early indication that Murray will not be prioritizing the team competition during 2017 after his sterling efforts of the last few years.
The Briton played the first of what is scheduled to be an annual charity event in Glasgow just days after his exhausting semi-final Davis Cup efforts last month to raise funds for the local Glasgow organisation, Young People’s Futures, and for Unicef, of which Murray is a UK Ambassador.
This will be Federer’s third Match for Africa, an exhibition event named in honour of the work of his own Foundation. In 2010, he played against Rafael Nadal and in 2014 he was up against Stan Wawrinka.
He said of Murray’s participation: “I am extremely happy that Andy, one of the best tennis players in the world, immediately agreed to come to Zurich to help raise money for my Foundation.”
All of the proceeds from this event will go to the Federer’s Foundation, which provides funding to children living in poverty to help them realize their potential. It supports education projects in seven countries in southern Africa, his mother’s birthplace, as well as Switzerland.
Federer added: “Each Match for Africa has been fantastic. I am looking forward to playing in front of my fans once again to help raise money for those less fortunate.”
Both men have given their support to charitable causes throughout their careers, and each has earned the prestigious ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award, Federer in 2006 and 2013, Murray in 2014.
· Since 2003, the Foundation has worked with local organizations in education programmes for children living in poverty in Africa and Switzerland.
· There are currently 15 programmes in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Switzerland
· Four members of Federer’s family are on the Board of Trustees
· 275,000 children benefit from the current programmes
· 1 million children to be reached by 2018
· 29 million Swiss francs total investment so far
Tickets for the Exhibition Night, which offers a great entertainment programme in addition to the main event, will be available on Ticketcorner from 16 November, 2016. Further information: match-for-africa.com
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