At the recently concluded ATP500 Hamburg Open, 20-year-old Italian Musseti defeated Alcaraz to win his first ATP title.
Hamburg, a clay-court venue, was a member of the nine-stop ATP1000 Masters in 2008 and is the final clay-court event before the French Open. Since 2009, when Shanghai joined the Masters, Hamburg has been rearranged as an ATP500 event and is scheduled to be held in mid-July after Wimbledon.
Among Europe’s traditional economic and sporting powers, Germany is alone in not having a single Grand Slam or Masters tournament. That may now be changing. ATP PRESIDENT Andrizia Gaudenzi said in an interview with a German tennis magazine that his plan is to increase the number of ATP1000 MASTERS tournaments to 10 stops AND that Britain and Germany have the same opportunities in mind.
There is a three-week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon each year. Queen’s Cup in London and Halle in Germany are the highest-level tournaments in between, both ATP500 tournaments, and many players use one of them as a warm-up for Wimbledon. Of course, because the level of competition is not attractive, many people just skip the cooling net.
Many surveys of tennis fans show that 70-80% of fans watch only the top tennis matches and less than ATP1000 events. This is perfectly normal, but 70-80% of these fans constitute the major consumer groups in the tennis world, whether it is live ticket retail, or television broadcast, will take into account the appeal of these groups.
Perhaps for that reason, Gaudentz is hoping to add some weight to the short grass-court season and partner with the WTA to stage a high-caliber co-ed event like the ones at Indian Wells and Miami.
The Queen’s Cup and Halley, with their well-established grass racing experience, are naturally prime candidates. But Mr. Gaudentz revealed some of his fondness for Germany in the interview. He says in the 1990s, Germany was the biggest tennis market in the world and had a very good crowd base.
The QUEEN’S CUP AND Halley ARE CURRENTLY SCHEDULED EXACTLY the SAME, AND if they do, there will be changes to THE schedule. Another reason why Gaudentz has a slight preference for Germany is that London is already home to plenty of tennis events. In addition to Wimbledon, the O2 arena has hosted the ATP finals in previous years, including this year’s Laver Cup. If an ATP1000 event were to be held in London before Wimbledon, players would almost always be in the British capital during those weeks at the expense of other cities.
Of course, all this is far from settled. The expensive maintenance cost of grass events, the expansion and upgrading of courts required for the upgrading of events are also issues that Gaudentz needs to communicate and coordinate with the German tennis Association and the organizing committees of various city events.
Even if the Masters eventually comes to Germany, it won’t necessarily be in Halle. In terms of market development and convenient transportation, generally in a country at the highest level of competition will select the first-tier cities, such as France, Paris, London, the United States of New York, Melbourne, Australia, Spain, Italy’s Rome and Madrid Toronto and Montreal, Canada, China, Shanghai and so on.
Gaudentz also said he would look at some good cities, such as Munich, Hamburg and Dusseldorf in Germany, before making a decision to upgrade the event.