From the 21st to the 29th of July, at the traditional clay court tournament in the Hanseatic city, the ATP players are fighting for the coveted 500 world ranking list points at German Open Hamburg. Annually, in the middle of summer on the clay courts of Hamburg is the German Open Championship, organised by the Association of Tennis Professionals. The championship is held on the Central court of the Rothenbaum tennis stadium, which can accommodate 13 thousand 200 spectators.
The championship in Hamburg is the oldest and largest in Germany. Its status was first equated with the Grand Slam tournaments, then it was assigned the status of a professional tournament.
Previously, the tournament was held in May before the opening of the championship in France, but due to changes in the tournament grid and the lowering of the status by one step, it was postponed to July. This affected the refusal of participation in the tournament of famous tennis players, for example, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who preferred tournaments that give higher bonuses, both in points and in cash payments.
Florian Mayer stops
Florian Mayer from Bayreuth is now 34 years old. He turned pro in 2001. Now he wants to end his career. The Hamburg finalist of 2017 still wants to play a few tournaments. His last tournament in Germany will be the German Open, in Hamburg. His careers should be done after the US Open in Flushing Meadows.
Mayer won two tournaments in his career: 2011 on clay in Bucharest and 2016 on the grass of Halle / Westphalia. In 2004 and 2012 he was in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. His highest world ranking position was 18th on June 6, 2011. He is currently ranked 90th in ATP. His total prize money: around seven million dollars.
Clay Court Star Comes to Hamburg
For his last tournament Director Michael Stich has committed one of the best clay court players in the world: the Austrian Dominic Thiem hits Am Rohtenbaum. Of the nine tournament victories, he won seven on clay. First of all, the 24-year-old, born in Wiener Neustadt, played in Hamburg 2014 when he was defeated in the third round by the tournament winner Leonardo Mayer, who also won 2017. Mayer will also see Hamburg again this year.
John McEnroe at the German Open Hamburg 2018
The Tournament Director of the German Open, Michael Stich, has picked up a real star of tennis for the MANHAGEN Classics Legend Match. John “Big Mac” McEnroe, 17-time Grand Slam winner and the “Enfant terrible” of tennis, will swing the ball against Stich. In 1992, Stich and McEnroe won the doubles title at Wimbledon. In singles, the two Wimbledon winners faced each other twice. McEnroe won the first duel on Long Island in 1990. In 1992, Stich succeeded in Rosmalen revenge. The Legend Match on July 22, 2018 will be Stich’s farewell match at the Rothenbaum.
32 single players and 16 doubles will compete in Hamburg. The field is completed by qualifiers and wild cards. In the singles, the first 16 seeded tennis players start the tournament from the second round. It is worth noting that since 2009, TOP-10 players do not come to this tournament especially, preferring to it more rating and money tournaments. It’s not just the tournament category, but the time plays a big role.
We remind you that the clay segment of the tennis season actually ends in early June, with the end of the French Open Championship. And ATP Hamburg is held in July. This tournament comes to those who could convince the organisers, or those who currently need a game practice or rating points.
Prize money and ranking points
Winner: 323,145 euros / 500 points Final: 158.426 euros / 300 points Semi-finals: 79,715 euros / 180 points Quarterfinals: 40,540 euros / 90 points Round of 16: 21,055 euros / 45 points 1st round: 11,105 Euro / 0 points
Winner: 97,290 euros / 500 points Final: 47,630 euros / 300 points Semi-finals: 23,890 euros / 180 points Quarter-finals: 12,260 euros / 90 points 1st round: 6,340 euros / 0 points
German Open 2017: Mayer against Mayer
The duel of the namesakes in the final: Florian Mayer from Germany against Leonard Mayer from Argentina. Both were surprisingly in the final. The South American was better in the end, winning 6: 4, 4: 6 and 6: 3. “He played incredibly.But I’m also proud of my performance, “said Florian Mayer after the game.
Leonardo Mayer played a curious tournament in Hamburg. In the last qualifying round he was already eliminated against the 16-year-old junior player Rudolf Molleker. Due to the short-term cancellation of the defending champion Martin Klizan (calf injury) he came as “Lucky Looser” by lot but still in the main draw and played sensationally in the final. In 2014 he won the tournament in Hamburg.
In the doubles, there was no surprise: the Croatian Duo Ivan Dodic and Mate Pavic, who were placed first, prevailed against two Uruguayan / Spanish pair Pablo Cuevas / Marc Lopez with 6: 3 and 6: 4.
Winners of the tournament for the last years:
- 2017 – Leonardo Mayer (Argentina)
- 2016 – Martin Klizan (Slovakia)
- 2015 – Rafael Nadal (Spain)
- 2014 – Leonardo Mayer (Argentina)
- 2013 – Fabio Fognini (Italy)
- 2012 – Juan Monaco (Argentina)
- 2011 – Gilles Simon (France)
- 2010 – Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan)
- 2009 – Nikolay Davidenko (Russia)
- 2008 – Rafael Nadal (Spain)
- 2007 – Roger Federer (Switzerland)
- 2006 – Tommy Robredo (Spain)
- 2005 – Roger Federer (Switzerland)
- 2004 – Roger Federer (Switzerland)
The record holders for the number of victories in Hamburg are:
- Otto Freitzheim (Germany) – 7 titles (for the period from 1907 to 1925)
- Otto von Kramm (Germany) – 6 titles (for the period from 1932 to 1949)
- Roger Federer (Switzerland) – 4 titles (2007, 2005, 2004, 2002)
In 2018, the following tennis players are expected to attend the ATP Hamburg tournament (as of July 23, 2018):
- Dominique Them
- Diego Schwartzman
- Pablo Carreno Busta
- Lucas Pouille
- Florian Mayer
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