This tournament is an outdoor grass tournament which is quite new as part of the ATP Tour rotation under the new calendar created by the addition of a 3rd week between the French Open & Wimbledon.
The highlight of this event will probably be the return of Roger Federer. He has taken a long break but is back. He has missed a lot but will remain favorite here.
ATP Mercedes Cup
This will be a 28 player main draw that begins today June 12th -18th.
Category: ATP 250 Series
ATP Mercedes Cup venue
It will take place at Tennis Club Weissenhof in Stuttgart, Germany
This tournament was 1st held in Stuttgart in the year 1916 & was played on clay till 2014. This tournament is staged after the French Open.
We won’t see Rafael Nadal & Dominic Thiem this time but crowds will pour in as Roger Federer will be there.
It is allotted over 606,000 Euros, one of the biggest purses for the ATP 250 event ever. The nature of the event combined with big names satisfies the amount.
Semifinal – 90
Former Champions and Results
Dominic Thiem in 2016
Rafael Nadal in 2015
Hardly 2 months seems a lot. But that’s when Roger played an ATP event. He rested and skipped lots of events to maintain and prepare himself for the huge battle at Wimbledon. He will play 2 warm-ups in Stuttgart and Halle before he heads to SW19 to attempting to achieve his record 8th Wimbledon title. In 2016, Thiem has closed Roger’s chances in 3 close sets in the Semis.
In Janaury, Federer showed the world what he has in him by triumphing in his comeback event in Melbourne. The successful comeback on his favorite surface might not surprise many, but the fact is he’ll have to repeat that act again. Can he?
His clay season did not go as he would have liked. He lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in the French Open 3rd round in straight sets. He surely has the talent but is unable to showcase it well. He is not thinking right we guess. He loves this surface so we hope we can see him in a better position here.
He has not looked the vintage Tomas that we remember. He will come to Stuttgart low after he sacked his star coach Goran whom he worked with for 10 months. Tomas was dumped out in the 2nd round of Roland Garros by Karen Khachanov in straight sets. This was his earliest departure from a clay court major since the year 2013. He could yet perform good here as he likes the grass and would want to play some good tennis.
He is preparing for his 1st match tomorrow, June 13th. Haas will grace the Centre court in front of his home crowd for 1 final time.
He would like to end on a high and will surely be an emotional week for him. He would want to enjoy this atmosphere.
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