Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev break world attendance record in exhibition match in Mexico City
Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev played in front of 42,517 - a world record attendance for a tennis match - in Mexico City.
Federer, Zverev smashed an almost decade-old record of 35,681 set at an exhibition game between Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in Belgium in 2010
Federer had announced his intention to set a new world record for attendance when he meets Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in South Africa
That duel will be staged at the Cape Town Stadium, which has a capacity of 55,000.
Broadcaster ESPN claimed a new world record for attendance at a tennis match on Saturday, with more than 42,000 people watching Germany’s Alexander Zverev go down 6-3, 4-6, 2-6 to Roger Federer in an exhibition match in Mexico City.
That smashed an almost decade-old record of 35,681 set at an exhibition game between Belgian Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in Belgium in 2010.
ESPN put the exact number of fans in Mexico City’s bullring at 42,517.
Even before Saturday’s match, Federer had announced his intention to set a new world record for attendance when he meets Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in South Africa in February.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) November 24, 2019
Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev getting ready to play an exhibition match in front of a record-breaking crowd of ~42.000 fans in Mexico City. pic.twitter.com/hTERZXiJQR
— Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) November 24, 2019
— Alexander Zverev (@AlexZverev) November 24, 2019
That duel will be staged at the Cape Town Stadium, which has a capacity of 55,000. It will also have the draw of a preceding doubles match in which Federer will partner Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Nadal will play alongside South African comedian Trevor Noah.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
Alexander Zverev says picture painted by former partner is 'not who I am,' apologises for effect of allegations on tennis
Former junior player Olga Sharypova said in a social media post last month that the German world number seven had tried to "strangle" her while at last year's US Open.
International travel to Australia is still tightly controlled and all overseas arrivals must quarantine for two weeks, while individual states also have their own COVID-19 restrictions.
Several major American sports have a policy setting out a procedure to be followed in such situations, and Djokovic believes tennis should go down the same route.