BMW Open returns with Tommy Haas as top-ranked German
MTTC Iphitos, Munich – A year ago there was concern about the current state of German tennis. A year later, anticipation of another home-grown victory is the buzz.
Philipp Kohlschreiber returns to defend his title at the BMW Open 2013. The 21st-ranked player on the ATP Tour is seeded fourth this week and is feeling strong after battling an injury and is coming of a semifinals loss last weekend in the Barcelona Open. Tommy Haas is the slight favorite as the third seed, coming off a tremendous 2012 that included a title at the Gerry Weber Open over Roger Federer. So far this year, he’s recorded victories over world’s #1 Novak Djokovic and Barcelona Open winner Nicolas Almagro.
Both Kohlschreiber and Haas are the main attractions for the tournament, and the title sponsor highlighted their participation in the field by pitting them against each other in an exhibition doubles match on Monday. The top-ranked Germans were teamed up with DTM drivers, former F1 pilot Timo Glock and 2012 Driver’s champion Bruno Spengler.
Sport Eagle TV Preview – BMW Open 2013 with T. Haas and P. Kohlschreiber
Along with Kohlschreiber and Haas, the field promises the fans a taste of what is to come over the next month during the clay court season that will culminate at The French Open at Roland Garros. Tenth-ranked Janko Tipsarevic is the top seed. Marin Cilic is the second seed and will join the previously mentioned players into the next round, as the top four receive byes. Cilic is currently 11th ranked after winning his ninth ATP Tour title back in February in Zagreb.
“We want to have a tennis party for seven to nine days, and the players are key,” explained BMW Open Tournament director Patrick Kühnen to Sport Eagle. “If you check the names of the players in the field, most are returning players. That tells us that we do a good job and very important for our partners and sponsors and of course fans.”
Along with the top four seeds, recognizable names like Gael Monfils, Marcos Baghdatis, Mikhail Youzhny, and Nikolay Davydenko* are also in the field. Perhaps the most important any tournament is that a hometown favorite captures the title and this year, it may turn out to be German vs. German.
“Haas is back in the top 20, he had a tremendous 2012 and is back strong,” analyzed Kühnen. “Kohlschreiber has struggled this year with an injury that he suffered in Davis Cup, but he’s won this tournament twice. (Florian) Mayer was a finalist in 2011, is also up in the rankings.”
Mayer is a darkhorse candidate, ranked 27th overall, seeded sixth and may face Haas in the quarterfinals.
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German winners of the BMW Open since 1988
1994 Michael Stich (Munich)
2007 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Augsburg)
2012 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Augsburg)
*Update: 2011 winner Davydenko lost his 1st round match vs. Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-4 at the time of of this posting.