Lots of top stars there: Even more Wimbledon flair at the Bad Homburg Open | hessenschau.de

It could hardly be more prominent: Five Grand Slam and two Olympic champions will be at the start at the Bad Homburg Open. In addition to Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep, other stars have signed up for the tennis tournament in June.

Five Grand Slam winners with a total of nine major titles – plus two Olympic champions from 2021 and three former world number one: A year after the premiere, the second edition of the Bad Homburg Open (18.-25. June) spread even more Wimbledon flair through a strong field of participation.

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Many stars at the Bad Homburg Open 2022

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Tournament Ambassador Angelique Kerber begins her mission by defending her title in the spa gardens of Bad Homburg with extreme optimism. She will play her first match on one of the first days of the tournament (Monday, June 20 or Tuesday, June 21). The 2018 Wimbledon winner won his 14th tournament on the WTA Tour in Strasbourg last weekend.

Kerber: “I’m really looking forward to Bad Homburg”

“I’m really looking forward to Bad Homburg. The memories from last year are still very present,” Kerber said. “It was a week full of emotions and big impressions where everything went well,” said the 34-year-old, who had reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon immediately after his success in the spa town.

Kerber is one of a total of five Grand Slam winners on the Bad Homburg Open registration list. Simona Halep – who won the most important tennis tournament on Church Road in London in 2019 – is one of them. And the Romanian will apparently know it again: A few weeks ago, Halep bought star coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who has cared for Serena Williams for years.

Bad Homburg Open: Also Andreescu, Stephens and Azarenka there

Meanwhile, her premiere in Hesse will be Bianca Andreescu and Sloane Stephens, the 2019 and 2017 US Open champions, respectively, are celebrating. Andreescu made history with her triumph in New York almost three years ago when she became the first Canadian ever to win a Grand Slam single.

There will be a reunion in Bad Homburg with Victoria Azarenka, who won the tournament’s longest match to date in 2021. After 3:02 hours, it won the two-time Australian Open winner over Alize Cornet from France last summer. Next to Kerber and Halep, Azarenka is previously number one in the world rankings and would like to start in Kurpark.

Audience favorite Petkovic back in the start

It has the Olympic champion Belinda Bencic from Switzerland as well given their promise. The gold winner from Tokyo 2021 is also especially looking forward to the “Wimbledon flair”. Like Katerina Siniakova: The reigning double Olympic champion and world number one from the Czech Republic has special memories of Bad Homburg. Last year, Siniakova surprisingly reached the final.

The strong field is led by Aryna Sabalenka. The seventh in the world rankings was in the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2021. And the audience favorite Andrea Petkovic (“The tournament premiere in 2021 was perfect”) will once again serve at the Bad Homburg Open.

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