• Roger Federer's advocacy is about educating and empowering children
  • His exhibition match is on its 6th edition 
  • It's a "dream come true" for the Swiss tennis legend 

Roger Federer is known to be one of the greatest tennis players to ever lace it up. But beyond his time on the tennis court, he has also contributed much of what he has earned back to the community. His advocacy of educating and empowering children is the main thrust of the Roger Federer Foundation.

For 16 years his charity has deployed over $52 million to educate more than 1.5 million children in African countries and Switzerland. One major reason for his success is through the fundraising tournament he annually holds. It’s called the Match In Africa and this will be the sixth year of the event.

As a tennis exhibition, it will feature the 20-time Grand Slam Champion to face against his biggest rival the 19-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. But other than the superstars of the game battling it out in singles competition, the doubles matchup will serve as an entertaining piece for the event.

Roger Federer will team up once again with billionaire Bill Gates as they face the duo of Rafael Nadal and South African comedian Trevor Noah. This will be the first time the event will be played in South Africa. Roger Federer said in his statement that he is excited about the coming match. "This Match in Africa is a dream come true," said Federer. "I will play in my mother’s home country against my toughest rival and friend Rafa Nadal. We share not only the love for tennis but also for the good cause of giving children a better start in education and in life.”

The tennis legend then added that it was a privilege to be on board with other leading philanthropists and be given the opportunity to entertain millions of people “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for my family and I,” he said.

Roger Federer last competed in the Australian Open and was eliminated in the semifinals against eventual champion Novak Djokovic. He’s currently seeking to add more wins to his already legendary tennis career.

Roger Federer has won a record 20 Grand Slam titles
Roger Federer has won a record 20 Grand Slam titles AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS