What you need to know about the WTA Tennis Championships in Berlin: world class even without number 1

Questions and answers about the Berlin Tennis Championships

World class even without the number 1

Saturday 06/22/11 | 11:21 am | to Elia Behnish

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Already in the second year of its new edition, the Berlin WTA Tennis Championships has a first-class major field to show for itself. The world number one had to cancel in no time. But there is a special kind of return.

Who is participating?

The bad news first: the French Open winner Iga Sweatk She canceled her participation in the Women’s Championship in Berlin (11-19 June) in a short time. According to the organizers, the 21-year-old Polish star, who is number one in the world rankings, has slowed down due to a shoulder injury. The good news: Eight of the top 10 players in the world rankings are still registered. There are 16 players from the top 20, including the French Open finalist Corey Goof (18) from the United States.

The four-time Grand Slam winner received a wildcard in the main draw of 32 Naomi Osaka (world ranking 43) and German Andrea Petkovic (world ranking 57). Sabine LisickiShe, who moved to Berlin with her parents in 2003 and joined LTTC Rot-Weiss, has received a “club allowance card” from her former and current tournament host club, which entitles her to start the 24-man qualifying round. Lisicki, a 2013 Wimbledon finalist, is back on the tennis tour for a few weeks after an 18-month injury. “We are very pleased that she was able to return physically and she can now begin,” tournament director Barbara Rittner said in a press statement.

The other German participants in the qualification are Julie NiemeyerAnd the Tamara Korbach And the nastasja shunk. A look at the past year shows that qualifying can be beneficial. Because at the premiere of Berlin Park he sat Lyudmila Samsonova Quite surprisingly by qualification. The Russian, who was ranked 106th in the world at the time, is currently ranked 28th and will compete in Berlin again this year. By the way, this is different from the Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon, because Russian players were banned from participating there because of Russia’s aggressive war on Ukraine.

What is the significance of the tournament?

Berlin belongs to the so-called WTA 500 series, where the prize money is at least 500 thousand dollars. With a total prize money of $823,000, this year’s edition is much higher. The WTA 500 tournaments are also the second highest of a total of four categories in terms of world ranking points awarded. Outside of these categories and at the highest level there are four Grand Slam tournaments this year.

The turf tournament in Berlin is particularly important because it falls within three weeks between the French Open in Paris and Wimbledon in London. This makes Berlin the most important women’s turf training tournament.

How much do tickets cost?

To qualify, which begins on June 11, there are tickets for children up to 16 years of age from ten euros per day [ticket-onlineshop.com/ols/bett1open/de]. Otherwise, day tickets for the main raffle games cost from 20 euros. Children up to the age of six enter for free. Pupils, students and interns receive a 20% discount. Just like all the women who come to Ladiesday on Wednesday (15 June) at the Gottfried-von-Kram-weg facility. A “season pass” for the entire duration of the tournament is available from 280 euros. The central court of the facility in Hundekehlesee accommodates 7,000 spectators. Game starts at 11 AM, admission opens 1 hour early. The Doubles Final starts on Sunday, June 19 at 12:00 PM and the Singles Final starts at 3:30 PM.

What does the support program look like?

The British House Musical Project “Nitecrawlers” plays between games in Center Court. From Thursday to the last day, the saxophonist will also be on site. But there is not only something for the ears, but also something for the eye other than tennis. In the so-called “March of Art” you can see, among other things, portraits of the artist Elvira Bach.

The official opening ceremony of the tournament will also take place on Sunday (12 June) from 2 pm and will be attended by Berlin Mayor Franziska Jaffe. In this context, the main raffle will be drawn in addition to the charity campaign [bett1open.de] From this year’s championship, as a result up to 1,000 children should receive educational workshops.

And otherwise?

With nine titles, she is not only the record holder in the previous Berlin Championships, which was held on sand between 1979 and 2008 under the name “German Open”, but is also the sponsor of the new edition on grass. Whether tennis icon Steffi Graf will also be “still in the room,” Barbara Rittner, Graf’s friend and tournament director, told RBB. Graf lived in Las Vegas for several years. Anyway, the tournament guard is on site. Borrowed directly from the source, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club or Wimbledon for short.

Broadcast: rbb24 on June 10, 2022 at 6 pm

Contribution from Ilja Behnisch

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