The Roger Federer Foundation has announced that 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an exhibition match on Rod Laver Arena in the beginning of 2014 in a sort of anniversary celebration for the foundation.
“Good acts, entertainment, music, light-show, clearly the match – I hope that’s what you’re coming for, to see me play against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.” Federer said in a promotional video. “We’ve had some great exhibitions in the past where we really light up the crowd. I know I’m going to be playing good tennis and it’s a great way to kick off the Australian Open.”
The match is a celebration of ten years of the Roger Federer Foundation and the former No. 1’s first victory in the Land Down Under.
“The foundation is very personal to me clearly. We are celebrating the tenth year of the Roger Federer Foundation on the 23 December, I can’t believe it’s actually been ten years, but we try to help kids, particularly in Southern Africa to have a quality education and so far we’ve been able to help 50,000 over the course of the last ten years … we have big goals for the future to hopefully help one million kids by 2018 so it’s really something I’m looking forward to, to try and help as many kids as possible have a quality education in the future.
I spoke with Tennis Australia to see if we could do something a bit fun, a bit different as well, and I hope that’s why people are going to join in the action.”
The two top ten competitors had competed in several exhibition matches over the years, including last year in Colombia.
“I hope it’s going to be a sell-out night and we will raise awareness and raise a lot of money if possible and just have a good time. That was the idea behind it and it is all coming true. I’m looking forward to the day that I step on to Rod Laver Arena and do it.
“You can get involved by going to get a ticket … they are on sale this Thursday. I hope there are still some left because they’re very hot and very exclusive,” Federer joked
The match is scheduled to take place on January 8th.