Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nadal and Djokovic want to set new record at Real Madrid's stadium

Rafa and the Djoker after the epic 5-set final in Australia. Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia
Tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play a charity exhibition match on the football pitch at Real Madrid's stadium, the Santiago Bernabeu.

The top two tennis players in the world will go head-to-head on 14th July, hoping to gather a record 80,000 crowd and collect proceeds for projects developed by Realmadrid Foundation and Rafa Nadal Foundation, reports Real Madrid in a press release. The previous record of 35,681 fans was set in a 2010 exhibition match between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters in Brussels. 

Nadal is an avid fan of Real Madrid and a friend of the Merengues' top player, Cristiano Ronaldo. This summer, the 
Portuguese forward will sit in the stands and give Rafa and Djokovic the opportunity to score at the football pitch, by raising funds. According to Real Madrid's website the funds will "help the needy and give children a chance with educational programmes that use sports as a tool with which to achieve social integration".

Nole and Rafa have already set a record of their own. The final at this year's Grand Slam in Australia was the longest in Grand Slam history, lasting for five hours and 53 minutes (5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5), with a victory for the world nº1.

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