Wednesday, December 22, 2010

High Five for Kids: The Match for Africa

------------------------------Rafa v. Roger-----------------------------
Over this holiday season, the world's two best tennis players (and friendly rivals) offered their time, talent and celebrity for a great cause - helping kids. The event was dubbed: "Joining Forces to Benefit Children."

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played 2 exhibition matches (six sets) to overflow crowds in Switzerland and Spain to raise money
for their respective charitable foundations.

The foundations help with education and sports for needy children in Africa, Spain, India and other countries. It was live cast on ESPN, with Chris Fowler and Patrick McEnroe.

On Tuesday, December 21, 2010, Federer beat Nadal in Zurich 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. On Wednesday, December 22, 2010, Nadal beat Federer
in Madrid 7-6, 4-6, 6-1.

No Grand Slam titles were at stake, no official wins or losses took place, and no world ranking was in play.

It was just about some entertaining tennis from two of the game's all-time best players who gave of their skills and efforts to help those less fortunate. An estimated $5 million dollars was raised.

And sold-out crowds from both countries, and fans around the world watching, sent them off to rousing ovations.

Of course, the real winners were the kids - and the sport of tennis itself.

Well done!

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