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oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
I'm guessing the rows in the from are empty bc it's below court height? It doesn't make sense for them to fully be empty with not a single spectator in those rows.
 

FRV2

Professional
Lol at Federer playing harder on crucial points. Can’t eliminate the competitiveness in him
Edit: looks like they are both doing it now
 
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Enceladus

Hall of Fame
All those on social media saying Millman was the better player....did they say the same thing about Federer after last years Wimbledon final? In that match Federer won every single stat. Honestly Djokovic had no business winning that match.
Djoker won 2019 Wimbledon final, because was mentally stronger than Roger.

The bad news for Fed and his fans is that Ultron has made of Wimbledon his another Grand Slam' domain. Roger certainly has a chance to win Wimbledon, but he needs the help of anyone who knocks out Novak.
 

fedfan08

Semi-Pro
I thought it was a little odd that some seats closest to the court were empty. On the organizers Twitter account they said it was because they wanted people to have the best viewing experience. But on TV those were the seats you saw and they were empty. Even ones that didn’t look like they were being obstructed by anything.
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
I thought it was a little odd that some seats closest to the court were empty. On the organizers Twitter account they said it was because they wanted people to have the best viewing experience. But on TV those were the seats you saw and they were empty. Even ones that didn’t look like they were being obstructed by anything.
I see what you're saying. I took a more careful look, and it seems that what they did was essentially 'moved' those rows to be much closer to the court (premium prices I'm sure). See pic below. As you can see, they installed 5 rows of seat right next to the courts. If they used the 'empty' few rows in the main seating areas on top of that, then those seats' views would be somewhat blocked by the 5 rows near the court. They lost some seats overall, but those that sit court side have a much better viewing experience. I supposed they could cover the empty seats with tarps for a better 'TV' look. Overall, it's a good decision.

 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
I thought it was a little odd that some seats closest to the court were empty.
Robbie Koenig was saying those were corporate boxes sold to the super wealthy. Few are tennis fans, so they paid for their seats but didn't attend. You see a lot of that in Dubai as well. At least the money went for Roger's foundation, I guess these people have bigger fish to fry than watch a Roger-Rafa match, even if was only an exo.
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
I thought it was a little odd that some seats closest to the court were empty.
Robbie Koenig was saying those were corporate boxes sold to the super wealthy. Few are tennis fans, so they paid for their seats but didn't attend. You see a lot of that in Dubai as well. At least the money went for Roger's foundation, I guess these people have bigger fish to fry than watch a Roger-Rafa match, even if was only an exo.
That may be true in some cases, but in this match, the full ring of the first few rows were ALL empty around the stadium. So a different reason is more likely. See my thoughts below. And I was on the mark after I saw some ESPN highlights. See the pics at the bottom of this post.

I see what you're saying. I took a more careful look, and it seems that what they did was essentially 'moved' those rows to be much closer to the court (premium prices I'm sure). See pic below. As you can see, they installed 5 rows of seat right next to the courts. If they used the 'empty' few rows in the main seating areas on top of that, then those seats' views would be somewhat blocked by the 5 rows near the court. They lost some seats overall, but those that sit court side have a much better viewing experience. I supposed they could cover the empty seats with tarps for a better 'TV' look. Overall, it's a good decision.

Notice that the first row of the seats behind the first 5-rows of courtside seats can finally see the court. The few rows in from of that row can't even see the court. Selling tickets for those rows that have no line-of-sight of the court would result in a huge storm of bad PR.








 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
I didn't see that anyone else posting the party pic of Roger and Rafa after the match? They partied with their families till 2:00 am.


"The fun continued after the ‘Match In Africa 6’ exhibition as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal decided to celebrate the end of the Cape Town trip with a party that lasted until the first hours of the morning. Federer and Nadal were joined by their families and close friends during the festive event. Former world number 4 Thomas Berdych participated as well. The atmosphere was maintained by Watershed, a South-African Pop-Rock band founded in Johannesburg. “Insane! What a night! We were asked to perform an exclusive after match show for sporting giants Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and their close friends and family. "A night we will never forget!” Watershed wrote on Instagram. “Just played a little acoustic set to Roger Federer and fami;y at 2am in the morning!!”

"The night spent together cemented again the special friendship between Roger and Rafael, who proved that they can be fierce rivals on the court, but close buddies outside of it. “Super happy to be in Cape Town sharing this unique event with my friend Roger Federer”.

"Rafael Nadal said after spending the South African experience alongside Roger. “I can’t ever thank you enough for your support of the Roger Federer Foundation” Federer responded to Nadal. The exhibition had a record-breaking attendance of 51,954 fans and has raised over 3.5 million dollars — through the Roger Federer Foundation — for the disadvantaged African children."
 

Hitman

Hall of Fame
I bet he plays at least one tune up. He has said in 2017, 2019 and again last year he would not play the FO unless he had "at least one tune up beforehand." But at age 38, maybe it's the wise move.
I guess the only difference between those years and this year is the Olympics and his absolute final crack at winning singles gold, whereas the boat has already sailed on more glory at RG. I would use RG to get ready for W and the Olympics personally, but he knows better so maybe he will add another event.
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
So Federer is skipping the whole clay season with the exception of RG? I guess he has Olympics on his mind.
I was a bit surprised by that too. I thought he would play 1 of Madrid/Rome. I think he's just giving his schedule a bit of flexibility. If he feels he's not praticing well, or needs a bit of match-play, he'll play 1 of Madrid/Rome (he's entered by default, so the choice is always there).
 
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