Roger Federer Confirms Agreement With Basel

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Roger Federer and the organizers of his hometown event at Basel have mended their differences, with Federer confirming that he has signed an agreement with the tournament once again.

Federer and tournament director Roger Brennwald were publicly at odds going into the tournament in 2013, with Federer said to be asking for an appearance fee of $1.5 million to $2 million. It was refused as being too high, and the tournament eventually signed up Rafael Nadal instead. There was further tension when the tournament director appeared to disparage Federer at a press conference, saying the player would not take his calls.

Federer, saying the issue was not financial, played the tournament anyway, with no appearance fee.

It was the same in 2014, with Federer returning to win the tournament for the first time since 2011.

However, discussions between another official and Federer’s agent, Tony Godsick, led to the two sides resolving the conflict towards the beginning of the season, officially securing Federer’s participation.

“It kept me very occupied, but now tension is gone, and I can concentrate on the tournament again,” Federer said at his press conference before the tournament.

The amount of the new appearance fee is said to be a little more than $500,000, less than Federer tends to command at other 500 and 250 events, and will be donated to Federer’s foundation to further education efforts for children in Africa.

A packed stadium watched Federer sweep to victory in his first-round match at Basel.

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