Bill Gates And Trevor Noah To Join Federer And Nadal In Match For Africa

Bill Gates will team up with Roger Federer in doubles to raise money for Federer’s charitable foundation.  “Team Gateserer” will play against Rafael Nadal and Trevor Noah, who is from South Africa.

The “Match for Africa” event, held in Cape Town, South Africa on February 7, 2020 will also feature the highly anticipated singles match between Federer and Nadal.

Match for Africa is the 6th edition of the event, and the first to be played on African soil.  Federer’s mother Lynette is from Kempton Park, Gauteng, in South Africa.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Federer’s charitable foundation.  The foundation has deployed $52 million to educate over 1.5 million children in six African countries and Switzerland.

The stadium will have a seating capacity of more than 50,000 people and is attempting to set a new world record for the most spectators to watch a tennis match.

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Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury Win First Grand Slam Title

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury won their first double grand slam title at the Australian Open beating Australian wild-card team of Max Purcell and Luke Saville 6-4, 6-2.

This was Ram’s second grand slam title.  He had won the 2019 Australian Open mixed doubles title with Barbora Krejčíková.  He did not defend his mixed doubles title this year and chose to focus on his doubles instead.

Ram played tennis at the University of Illinois, and Salibury played at the University of Memphis.

The win was emotional for Ram.  Ram said, “My father passed away in April of last year with pancreatic cancer,” he said. “He was the one that started me in tennis.”

“When something like that happens, it shakes you pretty good. Yes, it’s been challenging, but sometimes that stuff, when it happens, makes these moments a little bit more sweet.  Obviously I wish all the world that my dad could have seen this. I think I’ve done well to make him proud hopefully.”

Ram thanked Salisbury for part in winning the title. “He doesn’t show it outwardly, but he’s incredibly competitive, especially on the tennis court,” he said. “His ability to rise to the occasion is pretty special. Obviously he’s an incredible athlete, too. Those two things for me stick out. “One thing that’s also helped us is we’ve become really good partners to each other. When we’re nervous in tough situations, we’re not afraid to say what we think. There’s a bit of trust there. He’s taken to that, as both of us have, really well. His open-mindedness has been pretty good.”

In his victory speech, Salisbury said of Ram, “I didn’t think when I asked you to play just over a year ago that we’d be standing here now, but it’s been an honor to play with you. It’s been so much fun to have you as my partner and as my friend. Thank you so much for being the best partner I could get.”

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