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Federer Gets Hands On In South Africa

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Roger Federer was in South Africa Tuesday visiting pre-schools in the Limpopo Province that are supported by the Roger Federer Foundation. Accompanied by his mother, Lynette, a native South African and a member of Foundation’s board of trustees, Federer spent time with youngsters during their school day.

“It's very important to me to have the opportunity to do a trip like this… I'm very excited to see the help that [the Roger Federer Foundation] has provided over the years… Now that I am here I can see it for myself, which is very exciting.”

Federer spent several hours with children at the pre-schools, playing games such as hopscotch, reading, colouring and helping some to take their first swing of a tennis racquet.

“The Roger Federer foundation supports this particular project because it is in the poorest neighbourhood in South Africa,” said Federer, who holds the record for 302 weeks as ATP World Tour No. 1 “We feel these kids need the most help to succeed later on in life.”

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