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. ALSO READ: Roger Federer's chances at Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic gives verdict