On the court, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have a long-standing, competitive rivalry, but the two will be teaming up in an attempt to set a new world record for attendance at a tennis match.
The current record is 35,681, which was for an exhibition game between Belgian Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in 2010 that took place in Brussels.
Federer, Nadal, and celebrity guests will take part of an event that will feature an exhibition game between the two tennis legends on February 7th at the Cape Town Stadium in Africa, as part of the Roger Federer Foundation, which is involved in charitable work in Africa.
A doubles match will kick things off, it will see Federer partner Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Nadal team up with South African comedian Trevor Noah.
“This Match in Africa is a dream come true,” Federer said to the press (h/t ESPN). “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.”
“Roger and I have shared so many magical moments on and off the court” Nadal said.
“Travelling with him to Cape Town and playing for the benefit of children is something I am very excited about.
“It will be my first time in the region with Roger as a tour guide — that will be fun.”
Mercury’s Skylar Diggins-Smith Expecting Second Child
Phoenix Mercury star Skylar Diggins-Smith is pregnant and expecting her second child, according to an official announcement from the WNBA star during a post on her Instagram page issued on Monday.
“New addition loading,” Diggins-Smith wrote in the post.
During the latter part of the last season, the Mercury announced that Diggins-Smith would not return to the WNBA this past season due to “personal reasons”, which ultimately levied a partial season suspension of her contract. Diggins-Smith previously missed the 2019 WNBA season, while she was playing for the Dallas Wings, who initially drafted her with the 3rd overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.
Blue Bombers Sign Zach Collaros to Contract Extension
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed veteran quarterback Zach Collaros to a three-year contract extension through the 2025 season, which will prevent him from hitting free agency in February, according to an official team announcement on Tiuesday.
Collaros, 34, has been vital to the Bombers success, and has been a part of back-to-back Grey Cups with the team, and who was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player last season.
Collaros landed in Winnipeg during the 2019, when the Bombers acquired him via trade with the Toronto Argonauts.
Collaros has thrown for a career-high 4,115 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season.
Elks Announces Taylor Cornelius Hospitalized with Spleen Injury
The Edmonton Elks have officially announced that quarterback Taylor Cornelius suffered a spleen injury during Saturday’s loss to the Toronto Argonauts and was hospitalized that evening, according to TSN.
The Elks announced on Twitter that Cornelius will miss their final game of the season when they take on the BC Lions. With Cornelius out, the Elks will turn to Tre Ford to take over the starting signal caller duties.
Additionally, Cornelius, 27, is still in hospital for observation, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Edmonton has a league-worst 4-12 record, with no home wins this season.
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