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Stuttgart To Make Switch To Grass Courts In 2015

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The MercedesCup in Stuttgart will become an ATP Globe Tour grass court tournament from 2015.
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The tournament&rsquos request to move to a grass court event taking spot the week following Roland Garros in the lead up to Wimbledon starting in 2015 was approved by the ATP Board of Directors at its current meetings in Miami.
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With Wimbledon taking spot a week later in the calendar from 2015, a 3-week gap will be incorporated in the ATP Globe Tour calendar in amongst Roland Garros and The Championships, meaning an additional week of tournaments in the lead up to Wimbledon.
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Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said: &ldquoThe ATP is pleased to confirm that the request by the MercedesCup in Stuttgart to move to a grass court occasion in the week following Roland Garros from 2015 has been approved by the ATP Board of Directors. The MercedesCup in Stuttgart presented an extremely thorough application and we have full confidence that they will deliver a high-level ATP grass court event in the lead up to Wimbledon. As element of our approach in setting the 2015 ATP World Tour calendar, we continue to assessment other alternatives for the 3-week period among Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2015.&rdquo
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Edwin Weindorfer, Tournament Director of the MercedesCup, said: &ldquoOn behalf of the MercedesCup and its extended tradition, I would like to thank the ATP and its Board of Directors for their trust and commitment to award Stuttgart with a grass court tournament starting in 2015.&nbsp We have worked extremely difficult on this and we are convinced that our investments in the new and permanent grass courts and infrastructure will be properly rewarded. The new grass courts will be built in close cooperation with Wimbledon expertise and supervised by Wimbledon grass court experts. Thanks to the lengthy-term help and commitment of Mercedes-Benz, the TC Weissenhof and our other sponsors and partners, this project will now turn out to be reality.&nbsp Our ultimate objective is to supply the best players in the globe best grass court playing circumstances to take house the winner&lsquos Trophy of the MercedesCup ahead of The Championships at Wimbledon!&rdquo
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Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of the All England Club, stated:&nbsp &ldquoThe three-week gap will produce a longer grass court season among the French Open and Wimbledon, permitting the players much more time to recover from the demands of playing at Roland Garros and then to prepare for The Championships.&nbsp We are delighted to welcome the MercedesCup as a extremely essential very first step in developing this fascinating new extension to the grass court game.&nbsp It is a hugely respected tournament with a fine history and with whom we have a fantastic relationship, and we look forward to working closely with them as we create the possibilities for leading class grass court tennis.&rdquo
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The MercedesCup will join the AEGON Championships at Queen&rsquos Club, the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, the AEGON International in Eastbourne, the Topshelf Open in &lsquos-Hertogenbosch and the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport as ATP Globe Tour grass court tournaments.
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The very first edition of the tournament in Stuttgart was held in 1898, with Mercedes-Benz assuming the function of title sponsor from 1979.

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