GERRY WEBER OPEN 2012
Roger-Federer-Allee Unveiled In Halle
by ATP Staff|
The city of Halle officially unveiled Roger-Federer-Allee on Monday, the opening day of the Gerry Weber Open. Five-time champion Roger Federer, tournament director Ralf Weber and Halle mayor Anne Rodenbrock-Wesselmann were joined by hundreds of fans at the inauguration ceremony.
“It is a great honour for me that a street is named after me,” said the 30-year-old Swiss. “In Switzerland and Austria I have a stamp. The street is something you can only hope for and it’s kind of surreal when it happens. I’m overjoyed to be forever linked to a tournament like here in Halle, not only through the victories but also beyond. That really makes me happy for the fans, for the tournament and for myself it is a great honour. Therefore, I am happy to come back in the next years and always be welcome. That is very pleasant.”
The transportation committee of Halle unanimously approved the renaming of Stichstraße last month, at the request of tournament organisers. “Everyone is proud of this,” said Rodenbrock-Wesselmann of Roger-Federer-Allee. Weber added, “The people here simply love Roger, his natural manner and his confident demeanour. We are happy that we could name this street after him.”
All addresses on Roger-Federer-Allee are associated with the Gerry Weber Open, including the event centre, Gerry Weber Stadium and Sportpark Hotel. As for Roger-Federer-Allee 1? That belongs to greenkeeper Phil Thorne’s house.
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