Preview of the Hamburg Open from July 22nd to 28th, 2019
The Hamburg European Open is an ATP 500 event that has been recently revitalised. This clay court event has been won by a host of clay court legends over the years plus some of tennis’s biggest names including Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.
The Hamburg European Open is the oldest tennis tournament in Germany with a tradition that few other worldwide tournaments can rival. The “International German Championships in Tennis” celebrated its launch in 1892 on the grounds of the “Railway Club on the Uhlenhorst”, the oldest tennis club in Hamburg. From 1924 onwards, the site at Rothenbaum in the Harvestehude district became the permanent home of the tournament. Since the introduction of the ATP world rankings in 1973, all 26 world number one riders have played at the Rothenbaum.
The tournament has always attracted the greatest names in tennis and the winners list includes such greats as Ivan Lendl, Yanick Noah, Stefan Edberg, Marcello Rios and Gusatvo Kuerten. The 2019 entry list lives up to this billing with Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Fabio Fognini already entered.
Where is the tournament held?
The Hamburg European Open is held every year at Rothenbaum Tennis Center
What dates does the tournament run?
Monday 22nd July 2019 until Sunday 28th July 2019
What court surface is the tournament played on?
The surface is outdoor clay courts with the show court featuring a retractable roof
How many players and how many seeds are in the tournament?
There are a total of 32 men and there will be 8 seeded players in the Men’s singles draws
What is the prize money and how many ranking points are available?
The mens tournament is an ATP 500 which means that the winner receives 500 ATP World Ranking points, with the complete breakdown of points and prize money awarded as follows:
Who is the reigning Champion?
In the 2018 Men’s Singles final, Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) defeated Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 6-4, 0-6, 7-5
Where can I buy tickets for the tournament?
You can buy tickets online by clicking here
How can I follow the tournament without going there?
To watch the live scores of every match in this tournament as they happen you can use the Tennishead exclusive Live Scores service here.
You can also follow this tournament on their official Twitter here
Alternatively you can watch the tennis live on television and full details of how to do this can be found here
Men’s singles entrants for 2019 (This list will change regularly):
1 Dominic Thiem AUT ATP 4
2 Alexander Zverev GER ATP 5
3 Fabio Fognini ITA ATP 10
4 Nikoloz Basilashvili GEO ATP 17
5 Laslo Djere SRB ATP 27
6 Benoit Paire FRA ATP 28
7 Cristian Garin CHI ATP 32
8 Jan-Lennard Struff GER ATP 38
9 Marco Cecchinato ITA ATP 39
10 Richard Gasquet FRA ATP 42
11 Pablo Cuevas URU ATP 43
12 Leonardo Mayer ARG ATP 48
13 Jeremy Chardy FRA ATP 49
14 Philipp Kohlschreiber GER ATP 51
15 Marton Fucsovics HUN ATP 52
16 Filip Krajinovic SRB ATP 53
17 Martin Klizan SVK ATP 55
18 Pablo Carreno Busta ESP ATP 57
19 Juan Ignacio Londero ARG ATP 58
20 Casper Ruud NOR ATP 59
21 Nicolas Jarry CHI ATP 60
22 Robin Haase NED ATP 67
23 Federico Delbonis ARG ATP 77
24 Andrey Rublev RUS ATP 81
25 Mischa Zverev GER ATP 114
26 Rudi Molleker GER ATP 149
Past Champions – Men’s Singles
Preview and prediction for 2019
Whilst this tournament hans’t attracted the biggest stars of men’s tennis due to it’s clay courts and location in the calendar so close to the grass court season, it has attracted some of the biggest names in tennis outside of the Big 3.
Both Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev will be playing this year. This isn’t surprising as Zverev is German and will want to support his home tournament whilst Thiem is from neighbouring Austria and feels very much at home on the clay of Norther Europe.
Zverev will be hoping to rekindle his form and will also be using a new racket this week.
However neither player will have it easy as the tournament entry list also includes some classy clay court winners such as Fabio Fognini, Cristian Garin and Benoit Paire.
Garin has been the clay court shock of the year and if he’s still in the same form that saw him go on an immense clay court streak earlier this year then he could well shock one of the big two in this tournament and make it to the final.
If Fognini is in the mood then watch out for him as well. This season he’s been ‘in the mood’ more often than not especially when capturing the Monte Carlo Masters title.
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