Roger Federer recently announced his participation in the ATP-1000 tournament in Rome. This has caused the tournament officials to double the ticket prices. The Swiss thinks that is a shame.
Those who go to the Masters of Rome this week get value for money: Roger Federer, who went to Italy for the last time three years ago, is the tournament, with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as well. further upgraded.
The Swiss announced on Saturday that he will participate in Rome. The tournament leaders have responded with higher ticket prices. Anyone who wants to buy a day ticket on Wednesday, when Federer plays for the first time, now pays twice as much as a fan who has bought his ticket before the announcement of Federer. "We want to reward the fans who have previously secured the place and therefore pay much less," said the Italian tennis federation's chairman Angelo Binaghi to the AGI news agency.
Federer himself doesn't like it. He understands that the tournament officials think "completely business oriented", but he also understands the fans, who are now disappointed. "Of course you don't want to see that the fans are frustrated as a player," says the maestro in an interview with "Sky" (see video above). "But as a player you are powerless. I can only say: don't do that. But the message is already gone and the machine is already running." He only hopes that this does not obscure the joy of his short-term involvement. "If the fans have paid more, I hope I play extra good tennis for them."
"It's getting uncomfortable, but that's why I'm here."
Federer does not know what he will expect in Rome in a playful way. His opponent will be called Francis Tiafoe or João Sousa. "It will rain on Wednesday, so it will certainly be different than in Madrid, where it was hot and fast." In Rome, it will be a slower game, "uncomfortable," as Federer says. "But that is exactly why I am here. I have to reinvent myself." The French Open, which starts on 26 May, is probably already in my mind. Federer: "I am curious what tomorrow will be like (Wednesday, editor) . I have no idea. »