Officials from Hamburg’s summer clay court event are happy to find a place in the cobbled-together ATP autumn calendar, with the German Open now due to stand as the run-up event prior to the French Open.
The lakeside Rothenbaum stadium will be showing off a massive renewal project of the past year since the event was last held in its regular late-July spot.
At the moment, local government will be allowing in a limited number of spectators – all socially distanced of course in the COVID-19 era – for the September 19-27 tournament.
“We have informed the ATP that we want to hold our tournament in the week before the French Open. And we are awaiting confirmation in the ATP tournament calendar, which will be announced this Friday,” TD Sandra Reichel said.
“I’m very happy for the Hamburg tennis fans. Our goal has always been that our modernized Rothenbaum Stadium can be inaugurated in a worthy setting this year. “
The event’s new temporary spot was part of a negotiation between the ATP, which was forced to revise what is left of this virus-interrupted season, which was shut down for five months.
“The negotiations with our partners, the ATP, the city and the German Tennis Association (DTB) were time-consuming,” Reichel said. “There is a lot of clarification needed for the Covid-19-compliant organisation of a major event.
“There is also a financial risk.”
Instead of the usual 10,000 who would normally pack in for sessions of play, capacity will be cut to a much lower number still to be decided.
The preliminary entry is led by no. 3 Dominic Thiem.