Tennis am Rothenbaum: Alcaraz is coming – the future of the tournament is open NDR.de – Sport

Status: 23/06/2022 09:29

The high-flyer Carlos Alcaraz has given his commitment to the ATP tennis tournament in Rothenbaum. The Spaniard is the favorite in the traditional clay court tournament, whose future is open after 2023.

“I will try to make my mark on the history of the Hamburg European Open – a tournament in which Spanish players have always been very successful,” said the 19-year-old. Alcaraz celebrated victories in Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Barcelona and Madrid this year. At the French Open, however, the tennis player from Murcia was the last stop in the quarterfinals. He failed in four sets with Alexander Zverev from Hamburg.

Alcaraz wants to emulate its compatriots in Hamburg from 16 to 24 July. Alone since the turn of the millennium, the Rothenbaum title has gone to Spain five times through top star Rafael Nadal (2008 and 2015), Albert Portas (2001), Tommy Robredo (2006) and Pablo Carreno Busta (2021).

Eight were the only Germans who qualified directly

One of Alcaraz ‘competitors for the clay court event will be Oscar Otte. The man from Cologne, who has worked his way up over 100 places in the world rankings to a 37th place within a year, also gave his commitment to the men’s tournament in the ATP Tour 500. “Rothenbaum is the most prestigious German tournament and is extremely important to me “The 28-year-old said.” Eight are the only German tennis professionals who have qualified directly for the main draw. In Hamburg he had never passed the qualification.

Men’s and women’s tournament again at the same time

For women, tournament ambassador and last year’s finalist Andrea Petkovic from Darmstadt and Jule Niemeier (Dortmund) are two German players in the main field of 32, led by Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins (USA). For the first time since 1978, women and men will be fighting for the title in Hamburg in the same tournament week.

Next restart at Rothenbaum?

However, it is uncertain whether this status will last beyond 2023. The German Tennis Federation (DTB) has re-announced the license for the men’s tournament from 2024. Organizer Peter-Michael Reichel was surprised by this and also by the association’s behavior. “We only had a request that we not get a tournament anymore. We are still waiting for a written statement, also with the reason,” the Austrian had recently told the NDR.

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He accuses DTB of postponing tactics: “We had a clear agreement with DTB that we must clarify the future of the tournament in the second half of 2020. Unfortunately, we have been postponed since the beginning of 2021 and postponed again and again.” said Reichel. “We do not understand that at all. One could have said very clearly: We will not continue.”

“Some prospects for the men’s tournament”

Understandably, the largest tennis association in the world wants to find the best deal financially. “There are some interested people who would like to arrange the men’s tournament in Hamburg. Our task as DTB is to find the best solution for the association, and therefore we have made a new offer,” says chairman of DTB, Dietloff von. Arnim to “Abendblatt”.

Reichel holds the license for the WTA tournament. “We are 100% owner of this license. We can arrange a women’s tournament in Hamburg, no one else,” said the Austrian. It is therefore possible that two different organizers from 2024 will arrange men’s and women’s tournaments in the Hanseatic city.

“We are 100% licensed. We can host a women’s tournament in Hamburg, no one else.”
Peter Michael Reichel

Whether the Reichel family, daughter Sandra is tournament director at Rothenbaum, is actually still on board is anyone’s guess. “I would say the tournament was a bit shaky and is now back at a top level. It’s all the more sad that we may not be able to continue it,” said Peter-Michael Reichel. “We’ll probably get out of it with a huge deficit.”

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Center Court in Rothenbaum, Hamburg © Witters

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