ATP Tour

Federer questions Italian Open organisers after ticket price hike

2019-05-15 11:49
Roger Federer
Roger Federer (AP)

Rome - Swiss tennis star Roger Federer said he was left confused by the Italian Tennis Federation’s decision to double ticket prices after it was confirmed he would play in the tournament.

The 37-year-old was a late inclusion, with ticket prices immediately jumping from €60 to €132.

FIT president Angelo Binaghi offered an odd explanation when asked to defend the decision, saying: "We have doubled the price of tickets for Wednesday, the day Federer will play.

"We want to reward fans who had bought tickets before they knew Federer would play."

However, Federer found the explanation difficult to swallow.

"I heard some fans clearly were not happy about it. That's obviously disappointing to hear," Federer told the press on Tuesday.

"They made it (out) in a way like they rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier, which is sort of strange, but okay.

"I just really hope it doesn't take away the fact I'm really happy to be here.

"There's going to be good crowds hopefully, good atmosphere. Personally I'm very happy to be here.

"I'm pumped up to play well. I mean, my excitement couldn't be bigger."

The 20-times Grand Slam champion faces Portugal's Joao Sousa on Wednesday.

Read more on:    atp tour  |  italian open  |  roger federer  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy


When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.