The match set to be held at the venue was part of the Davis Cup—the most important international team tennis tourney in the world—between Israeli Edan Leshem, ranked 254 in the world, and Lloyd Harris, South Africa's premier player, ranked 289 in the world.
Before the match could get underway, however, dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters held a rally, shouted slogans and waved anti-Israeli signs, with multiple police forces ordered to the scene to keep order.
Deputy Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Ayellet Black, who attended the game—joining some 350 Jews on hand to support the Israeli side—waved an Israeli flag opposite local protesters.
In the past few days, several local organizations got together to plan the demonstration, and calls were even made to disrupt the meeting between the two national teams.
South African Sports and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi, vociferous with his pro-Palestinian positions, contributed to the combative airs surrounding the matches by announcing several days ago he will be boycotting them.