The stadium already has her name. Here, Steffi Graf won her first tournament on home soil. Here she won nine titles altogether. The WTA tournament in Berlin was an important stepping stone on her way to become an icon of the sport. Before winning her first Grand Slam tournament at the French Open 1987, she got the needed self-confidence with her triumph on the premises of the LTTC “Rot-Weiß” in Berlin. Long story short: Tennis legend Stefanie Graf has a very close relationship with the German capitol: “Berlin has played an important part in my career right from the start”, she acknowledges. And so the 22-times Grand Slam tournament winner will have a very special role at the bett1open this year.
Steffi Graf will act as patron of the bett1open in Berlin!
Stefanie Graf (52) thus takes over the responsibilities from former chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, taking her spot in a very exposed role. The tournament can already count on commitments from superstar Naomi Osaka and Andrea Petkovic, who will play on the excellent grass court at Berlin’s Grunewald from 11-19 June (768,680 US dollar total financial commitment).
Tournament director Barbara Rittner has been friends with Stefanie Graf since their mutual years as tennis professionals. She is excited that the record Grand Slam champion will return more than a quarter of an century after her last tournament victory in Berlin. “Stefanie is a very grounded, reliable and appreciative woman. Berlin and Stefanie Graf – that is success story. It shows great appreciation for the tournament that she will now act as patron”, Rittner explained during Graf’s presentation at the Titanic Hotel in Berlin. The Titanic Hotel group is cooperation partner of the bett1open.
Adam Szpyt is founder and CEO of bett1, the bett1open’s title sponsor. He says: “Stefanie Graf’s commitment to our tournament is not only a great honor but also an obligation for us. We are very thankful that Miss Graf is supporting us so much in our efforts to make Berlin again a tournament of international reputation in the tournament calendar.” Talking about the calendar: Stefanie Graf’s 53rd birthday falls on the 14th June and thus right in the middle of the tournament. Edwin Weindorfer, founder and CEO of organizer e|motion group: “We will honor her birthday with special ticket promotions.”
2x2 VIP upgrades for 14 June will be raffled off. Fans buying tickets between 4 March and 4 April for 14 June in the online shop automatically enter the raffle.
Furthermore, there will be a “5-for4-promotion” for 14 June. Fans purchasing 5 tickets for 14 June between 4 March and 4 April only have to pay the price for 4 tickets.
The stands of the impressive Steffi-Graf-Stadium will be filled pretty good during the tournament week. Taking into account the current status of the fight against COVID-19, the organizers assume that there will be no audience restrictions this year. Weindorfer says: “There are several reasons why it is important to enjoy atmospheric events together again. This goes for sports and culture, amongst others. It is so important to be together in these trying times. Our tournament is also a place for international exchange, reaching far beyond country confession borders.”
The bett1open also offer a high-class embedded music and cultural program on an international level. Furthermore, together with the tennis federation of Berlin-Brandenburg, a big kids festival is planned, to include the youngest fans into the tournament and entertain them accordingly.
Berlin can look forward to a great and high-class tennis week offering great entertainment on and off the court.
One week after the final of the bett1open, Wimbledon starts. This makes the tournament in Germany’s capitol an ideal preparation for The Championships in London.
Ticket pre-sale for the bett1open held from 11-19 June has already started.
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