'Laver Cup with Roger Federer, Nadal is just businnes, not real tennis'

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'Laver Cup with Roger Federer, Nadal is just businnes, not real tennis'

In an interview the Marseille Open Tournament Director Jean-Francois Caujolle commented on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal coaching each other at the Laver Cup in Geneva. The Frenchman said: "For me the exciting thing is a real tennis match, not Federer coaching Nadal.

That's just business. It was interesting. I do not know what the future of Laver Cup will be when Nadal and Federer quit." On Marseille tickets sale, Caujolle said: "45,000 tickets including sponsorship before the event starts.

And then 5,000 to 8,000 during the tournament. We sell 55,000 to 60,000 tickets in total." Caujolle recalled when Yevgeny Kafelnikov played without taking an appearance fee: "He played twice here. The first time was when he won the Australian Open and Marseille was back to back with Australia.

He had asked for a wild card before the Australian Open because he was playing bad, he won in Australia and he still decided to play in Marseille without any guarantee. We offered him a Rolex watch and he accepted. No appearance fee.

It was a huge honor for me also because he rejected to play in Dubai afterwards. Then another time he lost in the first round and he told me he would not take any fee. He just promised him that he would win the tournament again."