World No. 8 Matteo Berrettini, 2018 Paris Masters champion and 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut have all signed up to play at the upcoming Berlin exhibition. Berrettini, who made it all the way on the grass courts of Stuttgart last year, will feature in the first leg of the Berlin exhibition, which will be played on grass from July 13-15.
Khachanov, ranked at No. 15 in the world, will participate in the second leg of the Berlin exhibition, which will be staged on a hard surface from July 17-19. Meanwhile, world No. 12 Bautista Agut has committed to play in both legs of the Berlin exhibition.
The three stars now join a player field that includes world No. 3 Dominic Thiem, rising Italian star Jannik Sinner, former world No. 2 Tommy Haas and Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, Mischa Zverev and Rudolf Molleker.
Khachanov, Bautista Agut and Berrettini join the field of exho in Berlin. Berrettini to play on grass at Steffi Graf Stadium (13-15 July), Khachanov on hard in Hangar 6 at Tempelhof Airport (17-19 July). Bautista Agut to play both events.
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The Berlin organizer lure big names to the event
2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion and former world No. 13 Nick Kyrgios had been expected to be one of the main stars of the Berlin exhibition but both decided to skip the upcoming event.
"I was planning to play in Berlin this month, but I have made the decision to stay put and train with my team and not play any tournaments at the moment. It’s never nice to miss the chance to play, but I will be back soon," Zverev said on the social media.
"I wanted to update you on a few things. First, on Friday I took my third test for Covid-19 and I am happy to say it also came back negative. Secondly, I am going through a trial period with David Ferrer on my team. I could not be more excited to get to work.
I can’t wait for the tour to be back." Berlin exhibition organizer Edwin Weindorfer was disappointed after Zverev pulled out as he said: "Zverev’s management said that he is not planning to play in any tournament at the moment.
We are obviously disappointed, because he would have had a good opportunity to play in front of his fans." Meanwhile, six-time ATP champion Kyrgios cited concerns about traveling from Australia to Germany in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Berlin organizers lost two big names but they should be happy after managing to add three top-15 players to their player field.