In an interview to The Accent Podcast the former world No. 4 Robin Soderling revealed Roger Federer got a huge appearance fee to play the Stockholm Open back in 2010. That year the Swiss made an unusual schedule choice skipping the Shanghai Masters and playing four hard-court indoor tournaments: Stockholm, Basel, Paris Masters and ATP Finals.
Federer defeated Florian Mayer in the final to win in Stockholm. He usually takes a $1 million appearance fee to play ATP 250s, 500s or exhibition matches. Soderling, who was the Stockholm Open Tournament Director for some years, said: ‘From what I heard they needed to pay him some huge cash.
I believe they went to the present sponsors and mentioned now we have an opportunity to get Roger and we want extra money. That’s how they obtained him right here. The stadium right here in Stockholm, it’s the one indoor event the place you play in an current tennis membership, the capability is just three or four thousand spectators.
When Roger got here we might have bought twice as many tickets nevertheless it wasn’t attainable. And you already have the TV deal in place, so that they aren’t prepared to pay extra at a later date. So it’s good to have him right here, nevertheless it’s tough to get that cash again. I’m unsure if it was worthwhile that 12 months.’