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McEnroe, Stich On Hand To Officially Open Stuttgart's New Grass Courts

Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart grass© MercedesCup/Daniel MaurerJohn McEnroe and Michael Stich played an exhibition match to officially open Stuttgart's grass courts.

The official opening of the new grass courts at the MercedesCup took place on Monday in Stuttgart. In 2015, the ATP World Tour 250 tournament will be played on grass courts.

Fabio Fognini, Feliciano Lopez, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Philipp Petzschner joined dignitaries for an on-court ceremony. 

The ceremony was immediately followed by an exhibition match between former Wimbledon champions Michael Stich and John McEnroe. The 55-year-old American defeated the German Stich in a Match Tie-break 6-4, 5-7, 10-8.

“It was a lot of fun to play on this court and the atmosphere was great," said McEnroe.

“The change to grass is a great opportunity for the MercedesCup," Stich added. "I congratulate the tournament on this brave step."

"Now the grass court season will finally be extended by one week. It is good that the players will have more time to manage the difficult transition from clay to grass."

A crowd of 2,000 spectators watched the live televised match held on the grounds of the TC Weissenhof.

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