One of the bad notes about the Rome Open this year has been the tickets sale. 203,758 people attended the event during the two weeks (including pre-qualies), -8.40% than 2017 when 222,425 people were there, which is the record in the tournament history.
The tickets price got higher, but the earnings were still lower, from 12 to 11 million euros. In 2016, more than 204,000 people attended the event, so this year was the lowest in terms of spectators since 2015. In Madrid, a new record attendance has been broken, with 270,000 fans going to the event, which is around 25% more than Rome.
Definitely, Roger Federer's absence in the Italian event and the rain that influenced the Tuesday schedule, when many matches were scheduled, had a factor on it. This year so far, Indian Wells leads and will lead the way throughout the season in terms Masters 1000s attendance, 450,000, followed by Miami (303,000), Madrid, Rome and Monte Carlo (136,000).