Khachanov wins Red Bull BassLine 2022
Red Bull BassLine revolutionizes the sport of tennis for athletes and fans, bringing top stars of the sport to the location of Erste Bank Open 2 Go at Vienna’s Heumarkt on October 21st. After Carlos Alcaraz in 2021 it was Karen Khachanov who won this spectacular event in 2022.
The fans in the sold out location Erste Bank Open 2 Go were treated to an entertaining evening. Six of the Erste Bank Open’s stars featured in the second edition of Red Bull BassLine. Andrey Rublev and Taylor Fritz, the two top-seeds, enjoyed a by in the first round.
To kick things off, Grigor Dimitrov made short work of local hero Filip Misolic winning 7-1, 10-8. Afterwards, Khachanov beat Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 7-4, 7-3.
In the semi-finals Dimitrov staged a comeback against Rublev after losing the first set to win it in three 5-7, 7-5 7-4. Immediately afterwards, Khachanov cruised to a 7-3, 7-4 win against Fritz to also reach the finals.
In the big finals, the fans were treated to some really great tennis. In the end it was Khachanov who prevailed 7-5, 7-5, 4-7, 8-6 against Dimitrov to win the trophy. Rublev took away third place with an easy win against Fritz in the small finals.
This is how Red Bull BassLine is new
Red Bull BassLine brings the fans close to the action like never before. In between their matches, the athletes keep warm right beside the court on bicycle ergometers and can interact with the audience. The whole event only lasts about three hours from the first serve until the final.
The tournament is interactive, there’s no chair umpire – if needed, the players must decide disputable points themselves. A host will lead on-court interviews with the players in between rallys and also talk to the players waiting for their turn in the athletes zone. All the time, a DJ will entertain players and crowd with hot music – also during rallys. There are no line judges as the “electronic line calling” will once again be implemented.
Red Bull BassLine offers yet another innovation. Fans can see, if a player has a pulse of 180 or if he is completely calm, as interactive data will be shown exclusively to the fans.