Some tennis fans were willing to pay up to £15,000 to watch Roger Federer’s last match. Following the US Open, Federer announced his plans to retire after the Laver Cup. “While you can pay to see Argentina in the World Cup and Messi may be injured, he may not have played the whole game, you are paying to see the team, not the individual.
It’s a difficult comparison to make, but I think Federer captures everyone’s imagination more than any other sportsman we’ve seen in the modern era. Laver Cup fans were willing to pay up to £15,000 for an exhibition match knowing it was going to be Federer’s last hurray,” Vision4Sport director Chris Newbold was quoted as saying by Tennis Majors.
When tennis fans paid for a ticket to the Laver Cup, they knew they would see Federer. When it comes to the World Cup final, there are no guarantees that there will be Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. “We’ve seen uncertainty around the host country, uncertainty around the cost of living at home and what you’re going to be able to do when you’re there, which has caused a drastic drop in demand.
It’s almost like the stock market, when people book tickets so late. Immediately after the semifinals, between 24 and 36 hours, the price of the final will reach 6,000 euros. Those amounts could go down as people realize it’s probably not value for money right now,” Newbold explained.
Federer was able to enjoy his time on the court
Roger Federer revealed that he was glad that he didn’t take the sport too seriously and was able to enjoy his time on the court. “I feel like I had a lot of fun on the tour.
It was not just about tennis. It was also about going to nice dinner with friends and I’m happy that I didn’t take tennis almost that serious or professional. Still had a bit of an amateur twist to it,” he said. “A bit worried that every sport is going into such a professional direction which I hope we don’t lose the fun in it.
It’s important,” he added. “When I was growing up, I had Michael Schumacher that I would look up to, who was at the top for so long. Tiger Woods, same thing. And I always thought it’s impossible to do that, to stay at the top for so long and have that drive,” he stated.
“Now people ask me, how did you do it? I’m like that’s normal. You just go out there, you do it again and you try to win again. And it’s fun, so you keep doing it. Everybody else would like to be in your shoes, right?” he remarked.
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