The duo will face off at the 12,600-seat Movistar Arena in Santiago on November 19. The event was in doubt because of the controversies going on in Chile, however, the organizers confirmed that the Swiss maestro and the German will not just play the match but they will also take part in off-court activities in Santiago.
Federer also confirmed his participation at the event despite unrest situations in Chile. “Hi, Chile. I can’t wait to play in Santiago against my good friend Alexander Zverev. See you,” said Federer.
For three weeks, Chile has been disputed and more than a million protesters took to the streets of Santiago, the capital in one day. The ongoing Civil protest throughout Chile is in response to a raised subway fair, increased cost of living, privatization, and inequality prevalent in the country.
After the secondary school students began protests in Santiago, the situation escalated expeditiously as the protesters rose in insurrection across Chile’s capital, seizing many stations of the Santiago Metro network and damaging 81 stations with 17 stations burned down.
On the same day, President of Chile – Sebastián Piñera announced a state of emergency, authorizing the deployment of Chilean Army Seguridad across the city to prevent further destruction of public property. A curfew was also declared on October 19 in the Greater Santiago area.
The protests have continued from there on and last night, amid protests, a gunshot was heard on the streets of Santiago and captured in a video.
— Allie Kiick (@AllieKiick) November 5, 2019
Amidst all this, an ITF tournament is lined up in Colina this week and Roger Federer is also scheduled to play in Santiago after two weeks. The biggest question arises is – will Roger Federer be safe to play in Chile?
However, Rodrigo Sanchez of Fenix Entertainment Group has promised to provide a high-level of security to the 20-time Grand Slam champion. He said: “I have to make Federer’s humility stand out, and he is very available in coming to Chile. He is a person who is worried about every detail. He did not ask for anything special, but just what a tennis player asks to. We will guarantee him a top-class security.”
Roger Federer will tour to Latin America after a long time and will commence his tour from Santiago on 19th November. He will then head to Buenos Aires, the next day. He is also scheduled to play in Bogota and Mexico City on 22nd and 23rd November respectively before concluding his tour in Quito, the next day.
Long time no see👀, Latin American friends! 👋 Can’t wait to see you soon 🙌✈️
🇨🇱 11/19 – #Santiago
🇦🇷 11/20 – #BuenosAires
🇨🇴 11/22 – #Bogota
🇲🇽 11/23 – #MexicoCity
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) November 4, 2019
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