When you think of great sportsmen in history one of the first names that comes to mind, not only in tennis but in sports in general, is Roger Federer. The Swiss player has the most Grand Slam titles (20) in history. He has accumulated the most time on top of the world ranking (310 weeks).
This Tuesday, Federer has officially confirmed his rumored visit to Colombia. He will face Russian Alexander Zverev in an exhibition match on Friday, November 22, at the Movistar Arena.
There will be 10,250 tickets on sale for the event, which will be available from Sunday, September 29 through Tu Boleta. The ticket price has not yet been confirmed. However, the organizers announced that sponsors will have the opportunity to make a ‘meet and greet’ to meet the players in person.
Coming back to Colombia
According to the event organizers, it was Federer himself who decided to return to the country after having a very pleasant impression when he played a game there in 2012 against Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga.
In February, the 38-year-old Swiss expressed his interest in returning to Bogotá. The Colombian company IMLA took on the task of organizing his return. It is part of a tour in which he will be in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico.
This may be the last chance to see the Basel master at a high level of competition in the country. He is currently the third-ranked ATP despite his age and continues to fight the most important tournaments of the circuit.
A personal conversation
In addition to the exhibition match, Federer will also participate in an intimate conversation. He is set to talk more personally rather than about his role as a professional player. It is the first time he will participate in an activity of this type.
“He has never done it. He has never met so many people in his life, it will be different. He’s going to talk to us about him as a person, as a company, as a tennis player, as a child, as a father of a family,” explained Humberto Mora, a partner at IMLA.
The Swiss will also give a talk at a clinic. There he will teach a few people some of the knowledge that has led him to become the best tennis player in history.
Federer’s rival for his Colombia return is one of the youngsters with the greatest projection of the ATP. The 22-year-old German has already won 11 elite titles. Those include the 1000 Masters in Madrid, Rome, Montreal and the London Masters Tournament in 2018.
According to the organizers, the demands of the Swiss are not eccentric. His only request for the tour was to have a private plane at his disposal to travel between the four countries quickly, taking into account his busy schedule.
The match before Federer’s game has yet to be determined. Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah, champions of Wimbledon and US Open doubles, were going to be contacted by the organizers. However, this didn’t push through because the Davis Cup, which Colombia entered for the first time, is going to be played at the same time in Madrid.
Bringing back tennis to Colombia
he match before Federer’s game has yet to be determined. Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah, champions of Wimbledon and US Open doubles, were going to be contacted by the organizers. However, this didn’t push through because the Davis Cup, which Colombia entered for the first time, is going to be played at the same time in Madrid.
With this visit, the organizing company hopes to bring back great tennis events to the country. Since the ATP 250 in Bogota ceased to be organized, it has been difficult to count on the great figures of the sport unless they are exhibition matches.
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