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Tennis: Rome doubles prizes due to Federer return

The return of Roger Federer (37) should be the cash register in Rome. The prices have doubled for his comeback on Wednesday.

With his words on Instagram on Saturday, Roger Federer called the state of emergency in Rome. He announced that he would participate in the Italian capital this week. Federer: "I can't wait, it's so exciting. Ciao a Tutti!"

The words apparently sound in the ears of the organizers. Or rather the checkout & # 39; s. Immediately the ticket prices in Rome are increased for Wednesday. Then Federer returns to the "Foro Italico" for the first time after three years.

"For Wednesday, when Federer makes his debut, we have doubled the price of tickets that have not yet been sold," said the president of Italian tennis federation Angelo Binaghi to the AGI news agency. "It's a way to reward fans who have secured the place and have paid much less." Card madness in Rome!

"Federer's absence would not be bad"

By the way, when Binaghi had to expect a cancellation from Federer on Friday, it sounded different. «Our fans want to see Fognini, Cecchinato or Berrettini and want them to win. It doesn't matter who is on the other side, "said Binaghi." There are so many champions again this year that Federer's absence would not be bad. "

Federer traveled from Madrid to Switzerland for the first time. On Wednesday, after a day, he meets Frances Tiafoe (21, ATP 34) or Joao Sousa (30, ATP 72).

No tournament agreement yet in Rome

Federer last played on May 12, 2016 in Rome. In that time he lost in the round of 16 against Dominic Thiem and then played three years on sand.

Even otherwise, there was rarely anything to celebrate for Federer in Rome. Although he was in the final four times (last 2015), but could never win. (Sme)

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