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Roger Federer hits out at disappointing Italian Open decision

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Roger Federer admits the Italian Open's decision is 'disappointing'

Roger Federer admits the Italian Opens decision is disappointing (Picture: Getty)

Roger Federer has criticised the Italian Open after the tournament opted to double its ticket prices for his first session back in Rome for three years.

Federer, 37, has opted to miss the clay court season in recent years but is back competing on the surface this season as he bids to challenge for the French Open.

The Swiss legend confirmed on Sunday he would play in the Italian Open, a rare event which he is yet to win despite reaching four finals.

In the wake of Federers announcement, the Italian Open has doubled its ticket prices for the 20-time Grand Slam champions first match of the tournament.

The President of the Italian Federations said they wanted to reward fans who had bought tickets before they knew Federer would play.

But Federer was asked about the decision on Tuesday and said: Disappointing.

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They made it in a way like they rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier? Which is sort of strange, but okay.

I just really hope it doesnt take away the fact Im really happy to be here.

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Federers last appearance at the Italian Open in 2016 ended in the third round as he was beaten in straight sets by Dominic Thiem.

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Roger Federer hits out at disappointing Italian Open decision

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Roger Federer admits the Italian Open's decision is 'disappointing'

Roger Federer admits the Italian Opens decision is disappointing (Picture: Getty)

Roger Federer has criticised the Italian Open after the tournament opted to double its ticket prices for his first session back in Rome for three years.

Federer, 37, has opted to miss the clay court season in recent years but is back competing on the surface this season as he bids to challenge for the French Open.

The Swiss legend confirmed on Sunday he would play in the Italian Open, a rare event which he is yet to win despite reaching four finals.

In the wake of Federers announcement, the Italian Open has doubled its ticket prices for the 20-time Grand Slam champions first match of the tournament.

The President of the Italian Federations said they wanted to reward fans who had bought tickets before they knew Federer would play.

But Federer was asked about the decision on Tuesday and said: Disappointing.

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