The “Generali Open” in Kitzbühel is already casting its shadow. The center court in Kitzbühel is “overhauled” – it gets a kind of cosmetic surgery. The starting field for the tennis event in summer is currently still completely open.
Although the “Paris of the Alps” won’t see its first serve until July 29th, things are really getting down to business behind the scenes. Because from the quarter-final day (Thursday to Saturday) only remaining tickets are available. And so that everything shines in the right light, the large center court will be completely renovated this week! Which had also become necessary after the last few years and experiences. The place will be completely redesigned. In the past tournaments, the displeasure of some players had increased. A cheaper variant, i.e. restoration, would not have brought anything. The floodlight with the old lamps must be re-equipped. With LEDs. Also for cost reasons. There are also new trenches (for water drainage). 200,000 euros will be invested “Everything together will cost 200,000 euros,” TCK President and Generali Open co-organizer Markus Bodner estimates be open longer. Because the ATP granted them a longer “pause for thought” for a mention. It used to be six weeks, now only four before the first serve. Means that in the middle of the two Wimbledon weeks on grass you have to think about the rest of the clay court season. “But I do believe that the first entries will come in Paris or shortly afterwards,” said tournament boss Alexander Antonitch for sure. Especially since players who have a bad 1000 result can have it canceled out by a good one at a “smaller” tournament.
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