First Stage Of Stuttgart's Great Switch Complete
by ATP Staff|
Work is well underway at TC Weissenhof for the MercedesCup’s switch from a clay- to grass-court ATP World Tour 250 tournament in June 2015.
Over the past three months, Courts 12, 13 and 18 have been rebuilt, in consultation with the All England Club at Wimbledon, and currently stands are being erected around Court 18.
“The soil structure and grass mixture we are using in Stuttgart is equal to Wimbledon”, said Christian Engelmann, CEO of Engelmann Golfplatzpflege GmbH, the company in charge for the retrofitting. “We would like to thank the All England Lawn Tennis Club for their excellent support. If everything progresses well and stays on schedule, the first three grass courts in Stuttgart will be ready for play end of May 2014.”
Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of the All England Club, added, “We are very pleased to see the first stage of the building process of the new grass court facilities completed. Our cooperation with the Organisers of the MercedesCup, Emotion and Tennisclub Weissenhof has been excellent so far and we are glad that we have been able to contribute some of our know-how and experience in the building of the new grass courts in Stuttgart.”
Laurent Delanney, CEO ATP Europe, said, “It is pleasing that the initial stages of the transition from clay to grass are going well. The MercedesCup was awarded an ATP grass court event after presenting a thorough application and we have great confidence that the organizers will deliver a high-level ATP grass court event in the lead up to Wimbledon.”
On 7 July 2014, former Wimbledon champions John McEnroe and Michael Stich will contest an exhibition match on Mercedes Court, former Court 18, with a capacity of 2,000 seats. By 2015, Center Court and EnBWCourt will also be converted to grass courts.