Increasing the tickets price in May because of Roger Federer's first appearance since 2016 in the Rome Open is, sadly, a popular topic. The organizers got heavily criticized by the fans and world of tennis overall. Tennisnet asked the Halle Open Tournament Director Ralf Weber if having Federer competing in the event pushes them to increase the tickets prices.
"That's ridiculous", said Weber. "We would never do it here. That's not serious. Players often look at major tournaments, the Grand Slams, who have enormous sales and enormous earnings. The money does not come from the sky for us, you need to earn it making a huge effort.
We want to keep having balanced prices for our trustable fans so that many of them can get to the event. We are not increasing the price because Federer will play on this or that day." On what Federer's 17th appearance in Halle means to them, Weber added: "An unbelievable aspect in many ways.
The greatest player ever who plays in Halle on a regular basis, he is a tournament's friend and he always feels comfortable. We are like a family, no other player had such an impact on the tournament like him. We are also partners of the Roger Federer Foundation.
He comes here with his family. That's the reason why he has won nine times here and this year maybe it will be the tenth. But the competition is a strong one, an impressive entry list with Alexander Zverev, Karen Khachanov and Borna Coric.
He was the amazing face of the tournament over those 26 years. He will be connected to us even when he stops playing, we spoke about it and we developed some ideas."