In an interview with La Nacion, the President of Fenix, Marcelo Figoli, spoke about the exhibition matches between Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro that will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and between the Swiss and Alexander Zverev that will be held in Santiago, Chile.
Figoli opened up on the challenges they went through in organizing this event involving the 20-time Grand Slam winner. "The possibility of bringing him came in 2017: we did an exhibition with Del Potro against Kyrgios and I met Chris Jackman, who is part of the Tony Godsick team.
I told him that they should have kept us in mind when Roger would do a farewell tour. "At the end of this year, the chance that Roger would come came up, without a farewell tour, although I think it's impossible that he comes again when he is still active.
We started the negotiations for Argentina and Chile. It took a ton of days, details and conversations so that everyone would agree, us as promoters, that take an economical risk, and a legend like Roger and his team, so that everything goes well.
The economical certainties of Chile were good. The most important country for Federer fans was Argentina, but it was the most complicated one economically. Chile didn't have the Federermania, there was a question mark but the reaction was unbelievable.
All the tickets were sold over one day," said Figoli. "Federer is like a Rolling Stone." Federer usually asks for high appearance fees when it comes to playing ATP 250 and 500 tournaments plus exhibition matches