Youzhny & Lopez Visit Mercedes-Benz Museum
by ATP Staff|
Mikhail Youzhny and Feliciano Lopez visited the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart on Tuesday morning ahead of their opening matches at this week’s MercedesCup.
After having a look at cars from different eras, the players went onto the roof of the museum to play some mini-tennis on a combined clay and grass court, symbolising this year’s event being the last on clay ahead of the 2015 switch to grass.
“It was fun!” said fourth seed Lopez. “Mercedes-Benz did a great effort in putting a court here on the roof. It was good for us to come here and to have the chance to play at this beautiful museum. We really enjoyed this morning.”
Youzhny, the 2002 Stuttgart champion, added, “It was really interesting visiting the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Normally you can see the nice cars on the roads, but to be able to see the older models and the first-ever car here was great.”
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The MercedesCup will become an ATP World Tour grass court tournament from 2015. Three of the five grass courts at the Weissenhof club have already been constructed and opened. The two remaining courts will be constructed following this week’s tournament.
The MercedesCup will join the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club, the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, the Aegon International in Eastbourne, the Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport as ATP World Tour grass court tournaments.
“It is good news for me,” said Lopez, who compiled an 11-2 mark on the lawns this season. “We have one extra week of grass in 2015, which is great. The grass court season was always very short. Now Wimbledon helped with the grass courts here in Stuttgart and I think they deserved to have an extra week next season.”
The first edition of the tournament in Stuttgart was held in 1898, with Mercedes-Benz assuming the role of title sponsor from 1979.