Roger Federer fans left disappointed after the Laver Cup ticket queue ‘collapsed’ following the tennis legend’s announcement that the event at the O2 Arena would be his last in the sport. His decision to retire put an end to his hugely successful tennis career, which he will be remembered as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.
Unsurprisingly, his announcement earlier today left thousands desperate for one more chance to see the icon in action with many flooding the Laver Cup venue in a last ditch bid to get tickets. . Unfortunately many were disappointed upon arrival given the huge queue that had built up.
Twitter user @franismo angrily responded to the tournament’s tribute to the retiring star, saying: ‘Fix your website, ticket sales have crashed’
Another tweeter @Tim_22_Preston posted a photo with the queue earlier showing his avatar as far back as possible with the caption: “Safe to say Roger Federer has something to do with the Laver Cup queue .”
Others were more unhappy with the huge price hike after the announcement, with touts looking to whip the tickets up to prices well above what they were originally sold for.
@PapiDeLibano wrote: “I was going to buy wash cup tickets 4 days ago for £118, Federer announces his retirement and all tickets are selling for up to £700.”
While Rugby commentator @nickheathsport posted a picture of the ticket price range, with the cheapest already being £222, compared to £1,779 for the most expensive ticket.
Federer is arguably the most beloved player to ever play the sport, with many considering him the greatest male tennis player of all time, despite only holding 20 Grand Slam titles compared to Novak’s 21. Djokovic and 22 held by Rafael Nadal. His greatest successes have come on the grass courts of Wimbledon with his eight most titles won by a player.
Speaking to announce his departure from competitive tennis, the 41-year-old said: “I’m 41. I’ve played more than 1,500 matches in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I never would have had any drama, and now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career.
“The Laver Cup next week in London will be my last ATP event.
“I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but not in Grand Slams or on the circuit.
“It’s a bittersweet decision because I will miss everything the tour has given me.
“But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on Earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level I never imagined, for far longer than I ever thought possible.”
Those lucky enough to own a ticket to next week’s event at The O2 will be able to see the Swiss legend in action for the last time, with the Laver Cup taking place from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September.