The Italian Open has decided to increase ticket prices in response to Roger Federer’s appearance at the tournament. Previously the ticket prices were €60 (£52). However, when news circulated that the 20-time Grand Slam winner was set to make an appearance, the ticket prices jumped to €132 (£114).
“We did it for the fans”
Fans immediately complained in high numbers about the unfair price hike. In response to these complaints, the Italian Tennis Federation released a statement saying that they doubled the price of tickets for Wednesday which is the day that Federer will play. They defended their actions by saying that they wanted to reward fans who had bought tickets before they knew Federer would play.
However, Federer has expressed his disappointment with the actions of the Italian Open. He said that it’s a shame. He then added that it was strange that the Italian Tennis Federation said that they did it to reward people who bought tickets before. Finally, he called it disappointing and said that he hoped that it doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s happy to be there.
Federer wasn’t going to play in the Rome event. However, since his Madrid Open campaign came to a premature end, he decided to participate in the extra matches.
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