On Saturday, the 29th of April, Roger Federer played the MFA4 (Match for Africa 4), to raise funds for the Roger Federer Foundation. The 18-time Grand Slam champion played a best of 3 match against the American star, John Isner, while making the atmosphere super enjoyable and electrifying in KeyArena, Seattle. The crowd of 16,000 spectators had the time of their lives, while enjoying the 8th face-off between Isner and Federer, and made this fundraiser a huge success.
Though it was an exhibition match, Federer played some blazing shots. Also, a clean, winning tweener. He enjoyed the match as much as the crowd did. Paul Annacone, Federer’s former coach, and Mark Knowles, a retired professional tennis players commentated for the match, having a fun time. This match was the first MFA, to be located outside Zurich. This was also the first time that Federer played a match in Seattle, where the last professional tennis match took place in 1973.
The MFA3 took place early in April, where Federer played Andy Murray and raised an amount of $1.4 million, while the MFA4 raised an amount of $2 million. Roger Federer was joined by the founder of the Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, to play a doubles match against John Isner, who was partnered by, Mike McCready, the lead guitarist of an American band, named Pearl Jam. Gates and Federer won the match, 6-4, while McCready showed some exceptionally well tennis skills to be played at the age of 51.
Isner and Federer had an exchange of banter at times, in both the matches, which left them giggling and smiling, along with their doubles’ partners. Gates also enjoyed meeting Federer. They share their interests in philanthropy. Prior to playing the match, Gates wrote on his Facebook page, saying, “This is a dream come true…,”
“I’m a huge fan of Roger Federer’s work on and off the court, and this Saturday I’ll get to play a match alongside him.”
“Roger has enjoyed getting to know him,” Federer’s long-time agent Tony Godsick said in an email. “He always refers to him as the Godfather of Modern Global Philanthropy. The “Match 4 Africa” came about when Federer told Godsick he would be in the U.S. in May to attend the Met Ball in New York City.”
Federer later thanked Bill Gates and John Isner, via Twitter.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 29, 2017
The highlights for both the matches can be viewed here: