Tony Godsick, Roger Federer’s agent, assured that the Swiss will compensate his fans in Bogotá with a new exhibition match or a refund of the money from the meeting canceled last Friday when the Mayor’s Office decreed a curfew in the city for the disorders in the protests against the government.
“Either we find a new date or the fans will get the money back,” Godsick told the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, adding that if a date is specified to reschedule the match, he hopes it will be close to the Miami Open to be played in March 2020.
The match between Federer and Alexander Zverev, scheduled for last Friday, was canceled after the mayor of Bogotá decreed a curfew for that day to contain the riots and looting by vandals who after a massive protest against the economic policy the Government of President Iván Duque.
Manuel Maté, manager of IMLA de Colombia, organizer of the match, assured journalists that they would not return the money for the tickets because the company fulfilled what it owed and asked the attendees to understand what happened.
The promoter of the meeting also regretted that “the event could not have been carried to its culmination and we feel the discomfort that the spectators had to face.”
“I was ready to play just like Alexander. I am very sad that these kinds of situations have occurred, but sometimes these situations tend to arise and we have to be safe and we have to be careful, “Federer told the match attendees.
Federer already played an exhibition match in 2012 at the El Campín Coliseum in Bogotá against Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga.
Since November 21, tens of thousands of people have attended daily demonstrations initially called by the workers’ unions, which have been joined by other sectors that do not agree with Duque’s management of the country, especially in the social. EFE