Fans demand refunds after Federer pulls out of ATP Cup
Outraged tennis fans in Sydney are demanding refunds on tickets after Roger Federer pulled out the ATP Cup.
The Swiss icon said he would not play for family reasons prior to the Australian Open – but he does have a packed-out exhibition schedule coming up which includes two late-December days in China.
The Cup runs from January 3-12, with early round beings staged in three cities: Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.
Federer’s non-appearance also deals Switzerland out of the new competition due to lack of enough high-ranked players available to make up an entry.
Australian media say the withdrawal could be the start of a slow exit for perhaps the greatest to play the game as the 20-time Grand Slam champion conserves energy and enthusiasm for the Grand Slams.
The run of exhibitions starting in mid-November and carrying the Swiss to Central and South America his December sprint to China for a quick payday could be the wave of the future for the 38-year-old on court.
The well-planned Swiss has already laid out a framework for his 2020 schedule, He is likely to play in Melbourne and at his “second home” event in Dubai before the American hardcourts in March.
He has announced already that he will return to Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
Tickets for the Sydney preliminary sessions featuring Switzerland were generating huge sales, with Swiss ties given a healthy price increase to the $150 range.
Requests for refunds on social media are now deluging the ATP, which might need to provide them in order to avert a PR disaster.
Written by Peter Rowe for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online