Stunning line-up featuring Olympic champion Alexander Zverev and the world’s number 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas. The first seven seeded players are all only between 20 and 25 years old! And: The Erste Bank Open take world class tennis right into the heart of Vienna with “Tennis 2 Go”.
Only last weekend the top ten aces Zverev, Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud were part of the victorious Team Europe at the Laver Cup, beating Team World 14-1. Out of this quartet, Alexander Zverev probably enjoyed the best year of his career in the past months, taking the Olympic title in Tokio and also adding two ATP-1000-Masters events titles in Madrid and Cincinnati and also winning the ATP-500 event in Acapulco.
Stefanos Tsitsipas also crowned himself a Masters-1000 event winner in Monte Carlo. The 23-year old also won the title in Lyon. The Greek has fond memories of last year’s visit to Vienna: “The hotel and the whole organization was extraordinary – just excellent! The fans in Vienna are great and it’s fun to play in front of them!”
The top 10 quartet is rounded out by Italian Matteo Berrettini (ATP no. 7), who lost an epic semi final battle against Dominic Thiem two years ago, and Norwegian shooting star Casper Ruud (ATP no. 10). Berrettini reached the final in Wimbledon this year and added the winner’s trophies in Belgrade and London’s Queen’s Club to his collection, while Ruud achieved an astonishing clay court hat-trick with wins in Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbühel.
Seven of the eight seeded players are only between 20 and 25 years old – proving that a new generation is about to take the lead on the ATP tour. The “old guard” is represented by three times Grand-Slam winner Andy Murray. The Brit, who won the title in Vienna in 2014 and 2016, is staging his comeback after a long injury break and was awarded a wildcard in Vienna.
Tennis 2 Go
The newest innovation and a world premiere at the same time is “Tennis 2 Go” – world-class tennis right in the middle of Vienna on the premises of the Wiener Eislaufverein at the Heumarkt. “We want to bring tennis to even more people. In addition to the Wiener Stadthalle we’re erecting a tent for a second match court at the Wiener Eislaufverein”, says tournament director Herwig Straka.
The concept of “Tennis 2 Go” is totally new. You can enjoy 2 hours of tennis for only 10 Euro – that goes for the stars’ practices and the matches! “Whenever you go there, be it in your morning or noon break or together with friends just to have a good time – ‘Tennis 2 Go’ offers action the whole day through!”, says Straka.