More than 42,000 packed Mexico City’s Plaza de Toros as Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev set a new attendance world record for a tennis match.
According to broadcaster ESPN, 42,517 people attended Saturday evening’s event, dubbed “The Greatest Match”, at the bullring with 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer coming out on top of teh 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 result.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) November 24, 2019
The previous record of 35,681 was set in 2010 when Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams met in an exhibition match in Brussels, Belgium.
— Alexander Zverev (@AlexZverev) November 24, 2019
American doubles greats Bob and Mike Bryan were also in action as they took on Mexico’s Miguel Angel Reyes Varela and Santiago Gonzalez.
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It was an honor to be a part of history tonight in Mexico City. The Guinness Book of World Records will show that there were over 42,500 butts in the seats to watch 🎾 . Thanks Raul, Geoffrey, and @mextenis for including doubles in this amazing spectacle…and thanks to @rogerfederer for selling this place out in 4 hours. What a legend! @mikecbryan @alexzverev123 @gonzalezsanty @mickyrv3
Federer is hoping to go even bigger as he has pencilled in an exhibition match with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town, South Africa, in February next year with the hope of attracting more than 50,000 people to the Cape Town Stadium.
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