This is the dream final of all tennis tournaments in the world, with Rafa Nadal vs Roger Federer. Both have played in memorable finals in recent years. At 6.30pm on 22nd December, the Caja Mágica in Madrid will host one of these historic events, in which the outcome will be more important than the actual winner. Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer will play a charity match for the Rafa Nadal Foundation. The main and only goal is to raise funds to help children with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The kids will be the real winners after this match, as they have been the reason for the Foundation’s work since its inception in November 2007.
"This is going to be the first major event that we’re doing with the Foundation, to introduce it to the public, and especially to have their support for our projects. It gives me particular pleasure to be able to do this with Roger. Besides being friends, we are both committed to solidarity and we decided to use our situation to help others”, said Nadal, founding sponsor of the Foundation that bears his name.
I’m delighted to be going to Madrid on 22nd December to support the Rafa Nadal Foundation. This, and the match we will play in Zurich the night before, will be good fun. Playing against a great player like Rafa, while also raising funds for the needy, make it even more special", said Federer.
The Caja Mágica has a capacity of more than 11,000 people. Tickets for the event will go on sale Monday 1st November. Prices will range from 26 euros (upper tier) and 33 euros (lower tier). They can be purchased via the Foundation’s website. The event can be seen live in Spain on TVE’s La 1 programme and there will also be wide international coverage, which means the match may be watched by over 300 million viewers.
After the game, the Foundation is organising a Gala Dinner which will take place in Madrid City Council’s new building and will be one of the main social events of the Christmas season in the capital.
It is sure to be a full-on day for the players, for the Foundation, and for all the sponsors who have supported the project, namely MAPFRE, Banesto, United Postcode Lotteries, and Madrid City Council. Other companies also involved include Kia, Babolat, Richard Mille, NetJet, Nespresso, San Miguel, Façonnable, and the Madrid Tennis Federation.
Rafa Nadal Foundation
The Rafa Nadal Foundation was set up in November 2007 with the aim of providing an opportunity to children and teenagers with disabilities or those with disadvantaged backgrounds. It offers programmes on education and the use as a tool for personal and social integration.
“2010 has been an important year for the Foundation. At the beginning of the year we created the “More Than Just Tennis” programme in collaboration with Special Olympics Spain. We recently signed an agreement for a major integration and sports project with SOS Children’s Villages. And a few days ago some of the Foundation’s team visited India to open a school in Anantapur, which was possible thanks to the support of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation”, said Claudia Blasi, Managing Director of the Foundation.
This school forms part of the first international cooperation project to be developed. Rafa had a chance to meet some of the kids who will be educated in the school, and who will also, because of the Foundation, receive psychosocial, health, and nutritional support. As the Foundation’s motto goes, they will also ‘have a chance’.