World no. 1 headlines top cast at bett1open

The entry list for the bett1open 2022 is closed, fielding a world-class cast of players: ten players from the top 10, 17 from the top 20 will make for a spectacular tournament.

“This extraordinary field of players will make Berlin the focus of the tennis world”, says tournament director Barbara Rittner. The WTA tournament on the breathtaking premises of the LTTC “Rot-Weiß” in Berlin will be held from 11-19 June with the players not only fighting for the tournament win and precious points for the world rankings but also a total prize money of 757,000 US dollar. Two wildcards for the main draw are also still up in the air.

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The field is headed by the world number one, Iga Swiatek, the winner of the French Open 2020, followed by Paula Badosa (WTA no. 3), Maria Sakkari and Sofia Kenin (shared WTA numbers 4), Anett Kontaveit (WTA no. 5), Ons Jabeur (WTA no. 6), Aryna Sabalenka (WTA no. 7), Danielle Collins (WTA no. 9 and Garbine Muguruza (WTA no. 10). Furthermore, the reigning Olympic champion and last year’s finalist of the bett1open, Belinda Bencic (WTA no. 14), will also take part.

Altogether, there are six players who have von twelve Grand Slam tournaments combined. Rittner says impressed: “This top field shows the significance Berlin has achieved thanks to the bett1open.” Superstars like three-times Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka (WTA no. 38) will make their Berlin debut. The same goes for Coco Gauff (WTA no. 18) – only 18 years old and already one of the maybe biggest promises for a bright tennis future. She will go for her first title on grass ever in Berlin. To make a long story short: Having such a world class field of tennis players at a German tennis tournament is more or less a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

The main draw, with top players attending, will be conducted live on the centercourt on Sunday. Franziska Giffey, reigning mayor of Berlin, will ceremoniously open the tournament. “During the bett1open all eyes in the world of women’s tennis are set on Berlin.”

This global attention will be used by the bett1open to affect things on a social level, too. 500 refugees from the Ukraine have been invited to the opening ceremony on Sunday.

Furthermore, 50 children from a local choir will sing the song “The world needs love” live. This performance is organized by PxP Embassy, the charity partner of the bett1open. The goal of this foundation is to give children coming from a difficult environment a new chance. The two founders of PxP, Fetsum Sebhat and Teddy Tewelde came to Germany as refugees themselves.

Also integrated into the tournament is the Kids Fan Fest presented by EDEKA, the official nutrition partner of the bett1open. Together with the Tennis federation Berlin-Brandenburg (TVBB) 500 children will be invited to the opening weekend – Saturday, 11 June, and Sunday, 12 June. During the Kids Fan Fest presented by EDEKA, the children will have the opportunity to try out tennis. Games, fun and excitement, healthy nutrition, autographs and lots more await the children.

Mark Rosenkranz, spokesman of the board of EDEKA Minden-Hannover says: “Nutrition and sports belong together for EDEKA. We are very happy to accompany this high-class women’s tournament as nutrition partner. Players and fans can look forward to great sport but also to having tasty and balanced meals from EDEKA.”

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