Alexander Zverev at the start in Stuttgart for the first time since 2019
This means that the initial phase of the lawn highlight on Monday and Tuesday (June 12/13) will be really "hot", as the matches of Zverev, defending champion Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Musetti (both ITA), Nick Kyrgios (AUS), Denis Shapovalov (CAN), Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) and the second German tennis ace Jan-Lennard Struff on the program.
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“I am very happy to be part of the BOSSOPEN this year. The tournaments in Germany are very important to me. I love playing in front of my fans. I'm coming to Stuttgart with the goal of getting the grass season off to a good start there," emphasizes Alexander Zverev , who has already proven his qualities on green surfaces by taking part in two finals in Halle (2016, 2017).
While the top 4 of the tournament - Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe (both USA), Hubert Hurkacz (POL) and Tommy Paul (USA) - have a bye in the first round and will therefore only get involved in the action from the middle of the week, it goes for Zverev and numerous other stars in the top-class starting field of the ATP Tour 250 event, which is endowed with 795,730euros , right at the beginning of the main field on Monday and Tuesday (June 12/13) to the point.
"The initial phase of the main field promises to be a real tennis firework display. The participation of Alexander Zverev adds enormous value to this year's BOSS OPEN. We are very happy that the Tokyo Olympic champion will be playing at the Weissenhof. The entry list also includes two Wimbledon finalists, Nick Kyrgios (2022, note) and Matteo Berrettini (2021, note). Berrettini also won the Stuttgart tournament in 2019 and 2022 and is still unbeaten at Weissenhof. In addition, there are two players, Hubert Hurkacz and Denis Shapovalov , who reached the semi-finals in Wimbledon in 2021. With the US trio Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul , young star Lorenzo Musetti , veteran Grigor Dimitrov and Jan-Lennard Struff, who is currently in top form, the group of favorites to win the tournament this year is bigger than ever,” explains tournament director Edwin Weindorfer .
With Yannick Hanfmann, Daniel Altmaier and Oscar Otte, three other German players will try to secure a place in the main draw via the "detour" of the qualification. The conditions for a tennis spectacle could not be better at the 125th anniversary of the Weissenhof tournament , the origins of which date back to 1898!
Former world number two Tommy Haas also sees it this way: “With this balanced field of participants, it is hardly possible to narrow down the group of favorites to win the tournament. The three Americans will certainly be noted. Taylor Fritz won in Indian Wells last year and also showed with two tournament victories in Eastbourne (2019 and 2022, note) that he is at home on fast surfaces. And whoever, like Frances Tiafoe last year at the US Open and Tommy Paul this season at the Australian Open, reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament, you also have to take that into account. I'm excited to see how Alexander Zverev will present himself after missing the grass season last year after suffering an ankle injury in Paris," explains the tournament director of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells.