With his words on Saturday on Instagram, Roger Federer rings in Rome in a state of emergency. He announced this week in the Italian capital to compete. Federer: “I can hardly wait it is so exciting. Ciao a Tutti!”

The words appear to the ears of the organisers ringing. Or better, the funds said. Immediately, the ticket prices will be in Rome for Wednesday. Then Federer will take three years for the first time in the “Foro Italico”.

“For Wednesday, when Federer makes his debut, we have doubled the prizes for selling Tickets,” says the President of the Italian tennis Federation, Angelo Binaghi, compared to the news Agency AGI. “It is a way to reward Fans, the secured space, and much less paid for.” Ticket-madness in Rome!

“Federer’s absence would not have had to bad”

Binaghi on Friday with a cancellation of Federer to expect, it sounded different. “Our Fans want to see Fognini, Cecchinato, or Berrettini play and want you to win. It doesn’t matter who is on the other side,” said Binaghi. “This year, there are so many Champions that Federer’s absence would not be bad.”

Federer travelled from Madrid, first to Switzerland. On Wednesday, he meets after a bye and then on Frances Tiafoe (21, ATP 34) or Joao Sousa (30, ATP 72).

Still not a tournament victory in Rome

for the Last time has Federer on the 12. May 2016 in Rome played. At the time, he was in the eighth-final against Dominic Thiem lost and after three years not at all on the Sand played.

Even otherwise, there was for Federer in Rome it is rare to cheer. Although he stood four Times in the Final (last updated 2015), but could never win. (sme)