Berlin we are back

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The tennis ladies will start in Berlin at the most prestigious women’s tournament in Germany in 2020

Chancellor Angela Merkel takes over patronage of Grass Court Championships Berlin

Berlin, 18 September 2019. – Significant changes will be made next year on both the ATP Tour and the WTA in the three-week grass season between the Grand Slam tournaments in Paris and Wimbledon! For the ladies, Berlin is celebrating a comeback with a premier event as the venue for a WTA tournament. From 13 to 21 June 2020, the Grass Court Championships Berlin will be held in the LTTC Rot-Weiß, for which German Chancellor Angela Merkel has assumed the patronage. The facility with the up to 7,000-capacity Steffi Graf Stadium receives three grass pitches. Three more places will be created in the immediate vicinity of the Olympic Park. The construction of the new Lawncourts will be closely cooperated with the experts of the “All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club” from Wimbledon.

Berlin receives the WTA tournament license from Birmingham, which in turn takes over the “International” event held in Mallorca so far. However, the holiday island does not have to do without top tennis, because this is where an ATP 250 men’s tournament will be held in the last week before Wimbledon. The ladies’ tournament in Berlin and the men’s competition in Mallorca are organized by the “e | motion sports” agency, which since 2007 also organizes the MercedesCup at the Stuttgart Weissenhof on the ATP tour. Thus, the company, whose portfolio includes the Erste Bank Open and the ATP-500 tournament in Vienna, is responsible for three major international tennis events with Stuttgart, Berlin and Mallorca.

“With three tournaments running within three weeks, we are facing a major challenge, but we look to it with confidence. Berlin was from 1979 to 2008 with the German Open an internationally highly regarded tournament venue. We are delighted that thanks to the support of the WTA, Wimbledon and the Octagon agency, it has been possible to return to the capital with Germany’s most prestigious women’s tennis event. It is also a special honor that Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken over the patronage for the tournament in Berlin. My thanks also go to the Berlin Senate and the members of the LTTC Rot-Weiß Berlin and sports director Markus Zoecke, who support this project to the best of their ability. As far as the field of participants is concerned, we assume that with Angelique Kerber the Wimbledon winner 2018 will be playing in Berlin as well as Julia Görges and numerous international world-class players, “explains e | motion CEO Edwin Weindorfer, who also explains the positive economic aspects According to calculations of the economists of the Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB, note) with their macroeconomic Berlin model, investment and consumption effects in the context of the WTA tournament over the next five years will increase Berlin’s gross value added by means of multiplier effects 25 million euros. ”

Philip Brook CBE, the chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), underlines the great importance of Berlin’s return to the international tennis map: “The AELTC is pleased to announce that Octagon and e | motion sports are working on this new WTA Premier level tournament in Berlin to work together. A strong and successful grass season is absolutely necessary to secure the future of lawn tennis and thus the ‘Championships’ at Wimbledon. We continue to work on expanding the grass season to strengthen the phase between Roland Garros and Wimbledon. We are looking forward to making significant investments in terms of quality of grass tournaments at all levels in the future. We always pay attention to the interests of the players and the big global tennis family. ”

“With this event, for the first time in many years, the focus of international tennis is back on Berlin. I am pleased that we succeeded in bringing the tournament to Berlin together with the LTTC and the WTA. Women’s tennis fits perfectly into the sporting diversity of our city, “said State Secretary for Sport Aleksander Dzembritzki.

“Twelve years after the end of the German Open, the LTTC Red-White is again hosting an international women’s tournament. Since 1906, tennis events have been held at this sport-historically important venue. Alone 49 Davis Cup matches were held here! From 2020 onwards, the top class in women’s tennis at the dog canine lake will once again kick in, and the TV broadcasts of the games will allow the world to take part in this event, “explains LTTC’s red-and-white sports director Markus Zoecke.

“The partners, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club from Wimbledon and e | motion sports already function elsewhere as a perfectly well-rehearsed team, in Germany u.a. at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. Without the quick and active action of Mayor Michael Müller and the Senate Administration with Senator Andreas Geisel and Secretary of State Aleksander Dzembritzki this project would not have been implemented. The board under the leadership of the president of the LTTC, Rot-Weiß ‘, Werner Ellerkmann, has prepared the conditions for the implementation of this tournament with intensive planning and negotiations with all parties. The members voted by a clear majority for the conversion of the three tournament places into grass pitches, “adds Zoecke.

About e | motion sports:

As a successful event organizer and trendsetter in sports marketing, e | motion sports strengthens its competitiveness and thus also that of its partners and customers internationally through the ongoing innovative further development of events focusing on tennis. As a result, the company creates economic added value for all involved.

In addition to the Grass Court Championships Berlin, e | motion sports is also organizing an ATP-500 tournament in Vienna with the Erste Bank Open, as well as two ATP 250 events with the MercedesCup in Stuttgart and the Mallorca Championships. The company is managed by the two founders and owners Herwig Straka and Edwin Weindorfer.

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