Let’s do some math. Third-tier tickets (second-cheapest) to Friday’s quarterfinals at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany: 40 euros apiece, or $58 in U.S. money. Take your spouse and two kids, four tickets: $232. Parking, incidentals, meals, snacks, transportation, souvenirs? Let’s say the whole day together, if you’re lucky: $400.
But what the heck, it’s a fun day and Roger Federer is going to play. All the ads have said so for weeks. That’s something special to see.
On Monday, though, Federer withdrew from the tournament, citing a tender groin and fatigue. Really? A tender groin?
OK, fine. He was tired. He has to do what’s best for his chances at Wimbledon, and he doesn’t think that means playing this week’s tournament. But what about the poor guy who made a decision with his discretionary funds in a bad economy? Four-hundred bucks to see Roger Federer.
Look, we have jumped all over Serena Williams for faking injuries in the past to avoid playing in non-majors after tickets have been sold to see her. She also has shown up at non-majors, such as Cincinnati in 2009, and not even tried in front of fans who had paid.
Well, how is that different from Federer pulling out of Halle? How is it different from Novak Djokovic pulling out of Queen’s Club this week because he’s tired? Tired? Did you know you might be tired when you entered the tournament? When officials started selling tickets?
The tour requires you to go to some tournaments, such as Cincy, and others you choose to go to, such as Halle and Queen’s Club. But either way, the fans buy tickets on a promise that’s not kept. Continue reading