Not long after Roger Federer’s confirmation that he would play the 2019 Rome Open, Angelo Binaghi—president of the Italian Federation of Tennis (FIT)—announced that the cost of the Wednesday entry tickets to the Master 1000 has doubled.
This will be Federer’s first apparition on the Foro Italico since 2016, when Dominic Thiem had imposed himself 7-6(2) 6-4 over him in the round of 16, and the Swiss legend, who has never won the Rome Open to this date, is quoted as the reason of the change that brought the cheapest place to witness the competition to cost 143 euros.
“For Federer’s exordium on Wednesday, we have doubled the price of the unsold tickets. It’s a way to reward the fans who secured their places first, and have paid it much less,” declared the President of the FIT.
“This is the first year in which there is a reduction of 10% for FIT cardholding, and the registered have a priority access to the Grand Stand Arena”. In a press conference on May 3rd, Binaghi had claimed that the incomes of this year’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia edition had already equalled those of 2018.
That, 8 days before the beginning of the tournament. The World No. 3 debuts the event with a bye that leads him directly to the second round of the main draw, and will face either Frances Tiafoe or Joao Sousa on the 15th. Among the other principal alluring matches that will unfold on the Italian red clay figure the second round clash that will opposed the young Jannik Sinner—first 2001-born player to win a Master 1000 match—to freshly Madrid-Open-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas.