The WTP Masters Cup in Salzburg is a step forward for aspiring tennis players.



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The WTP Masters Cup in Salzburg is a step forward for aspiring tennis players.

During the next 2 days aspiting players will have the possibility to earn money and get the extra matches that are needed to become professional tennis players. The draws of the MyStaff WTP Masters Cup, presented by BauFi Direkt & GM Sports, are limited to 16 players.

Due to this limitation, it is possible to offer 2 days of tough matches and hospitality. That means that the players have limited costs and could also afford to bring a coach. Another positive aspect of 2 day tournaments is the possibility to organise more tournaments in a short time period.

For the future, the teams around MyStaff and BauFi Direkt are planning more tournaments back to back in different regions of the world. "We are inviting many new partners to join us on our journey for the next generation of tournaments and tennis organizations," says Gerald Mandl, one of the WTP tour's organizers.

As a former player, I feel the necessity to give the players of today a decent chance to develop and make an individual way to a professional career", explains Mandl. The 2 new, young stars Holger Rune and Casper Ruud are great examples of individual successful projects.

The tennis world needs to watch and learn from them and others. National associations are necessary, but for individual players' development, those organisations and their tournament structures and rules are too rigid. People who work with development or transition players must react quickly and be constantly aware, adapt, and adjust to new situations; a national association would take years to do so.

The MyStaff WTP Masters Cup, presented by BauFi Direkt & GM Sports, will offer many interesting matches in the next 2 days. The ladies' draw lead is taken by Zuzana Zlochova, former no. 263 WTA and currently no. 530 WTA, who will be challenged by Bettina Stummer and many upcoming Austrian and German youngsters.

The two top seeds, Austria's Sandro Kopp ATP 790 and Jakob Aichhorn ATP 932, will be challenged by the 21-year-old Buvaysar Gadamauri from Belgium, Charly Zick, ATP 1416, and many promising young Austrian, German, and Italian players. The matches start tomorrow at 10 a.m.