Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Rain wipes out Wednesday's play at Italian Open - Italianmedia

Rain wipes out Wednesday's play at Italian Open - Italianmedia

"They rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier, which is sort of odd, but OK", Federer said.

The 37-year-old, Roger Federer has arrived in the Italian Capital of the Rome Masters 2019.

Tournament organizers made the announcement a day after Serena opened her clay-court season with a straight-sets win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson.

A rain soaked Centrale court during an extended rain delay. The player feels confident that his performance in Rome has been better than in Madrid.

"They made it in a way like they rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier, which is sort of odd, but okay".

"Tickets and passes are not replaceable or refundable in the event of displacement or cancellation of matches due to technical or meteorological reasons", the Italian Tennis Federation state on their website.

The rise in the cost of tickets, though, has been criticised by some fans.

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"They should be forced to refund everyone if there is no tennis", one fan wrote on Twitter.

"Would have been a bit miffed to go from United Kingdom to Rome and got no tennis/refund".

Federer, a four-time finalist in Rome, has returned to Italy after skipping the clay season for the last two years in order to concentrate on his grass game.

"That's obviously disappointing to hear", said Federer.

"I heard some fans clearly were not happy about it", the Swiss star said. The 20-time Grand Slam victor had hit with Miomir Kecmanovic, Dan Evans and some Swiss youngsters in order to get ready for the Madrid Open. I'm happy also that the decision I took last, I guess around December, when I started feeling like I definitely want to do the clay, that it was the right decision, you know, because I haven't looked back at the clay-court build-up yet, or everything that I have been doing, like maybe I shouldn't have.

He fell in the quarter-finals on Friday to Dominic Thiem, but twice held match point and for a set and a half was dominant against a player considered among the favourites for Roland Garros after Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

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