In a few weeks the Erste Bank Open of Vienna, that has been holding an ATP 500 tournament since 2015, will make the first player's announcements. A huge effort may be made for bringing in Rafael Nadal, who would mean to break the four-million euro budget limit. The tournament director Herwig Straka would like to also have Grigor Dimitrov, who makes the interest from Balkans get bigger, and Kei Nishikori who is a big attraction in Japan. Still, something needs to be improved. 'Fans' interest is good, this is the most important thing, but there is still a lack of sponsor. I think it's just a matter of time before we get more. Because at the end of the day, a tennis tournament is not a pleasure, but a work schedule', Straka told Die Presse.
Asked if Alexander Zverev can become the new world No. 1, Straka commented: 'He is definitely a contender for it, and he should be seen like this from people. Zverev has all the weapons, but lacks a little bit of consistency. He is not there like (Roger) Federer, (Novak) Djokovic or (Andy) Murray.'
Djokovic should take a decision about whether if playing Vienna after Wimbledon. There is no chance to see Roger Federer, who signed a new contract with Basel until 2019 included. 'His hometown tournament in Basel takes place in the same week, and Roger will never play against Basel, without any doubt', Straka admitted.