Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (Instagram, @rogerf
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (Instagram, @rogerfederer)
  • Second-hand tickets for Roger Federer’s match against Rafael Nadal in Cape Town on Friday are selling for roughly R4,000 - R2,000 more than cost price. 
  • Event organisers, however, warned that resold tickets are against the law, and lose their validity immediately. 
  • The match is hosted in benefit of the Roger Federer Foundation which runs education programmes across Africa. 
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Second-hand tickets for tennis legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s match at Cape Town Stadium on Friday are selling for roughly double their cost price.

The roughly 48,000 tickets sold for the tennis match, set to break the record for most spectators to watch a single tennis match, were sold out in less than ten minutes when they were released in September 2019. At the time, tickets cost between R150 to R1,950 for lower tier seating. 

The Roger Federer Foundation, which will raise funds for education initiaives in Africa through the match, said tickets were deliberately sold at R150 so that all tennis fans could afford them.

On Wednesday morning, tickets were selling for R4,702.88 on stubhub, and from R3,000 on the upper tier tickets on Xchangetickets.com. Lower tier tickets were selling for R 5,350.00. 

No tickets were available on popular reseller platform Viagogo. 

The Roger Federer Foundation, however, advised the public against buying second-hand tickets.

“Reselling tickets on the grey and black market is illegal and the tickets sold there are overpriced and in some cases may be fake,” the foundation said on the match’s website.

It said it does not assume any responsibility for second-hand tickets bought, and reserve the right to block illegally purchased tickets for safety reasons.

Second hand tickets lose their validity immediately and cannot be used for access anymore, the foundation said. 

Federer’s match against Nadal will be the first ever played in Africa, and will also feature a doubles match with Bill Gates and Trevor Noah.

Federer, who landed in South Africa on Tuesday night, said the match in Africa is a dream come true.

"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.”

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