'Despite financial issues,Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played in Hamburg'


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'Despite financial issues,Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played in Hamburg'

For the last time, the German Open was run by Michael Stich, who held a farewell press conference on Sunday before the final between Nikoloz Basilashvili and Leonardo Mayer. Stich is proud to leave the event this way. 'I think we did a good job in the last ten ears.

If we had not took the event that time, the tournament may not exist today. The financial situation wasn't a good one and the tournament could have moved abroad. For us it was always important to keep the tradition here in Rothenbaum.

It was nice to keep my promise and bring in Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, two top players, in Hamburg', he recognized. During the last three days, many fans attended the matches, despite no top 20 player reached the semifinals.

'The crowd reaction shows that the tournament is very popular. I wish it goes on.' The Austrian Peter-Michael Reichel will replace Stich. Commenting on his future, the 1991 Wimbledon winner said: 'It was my hometown tournament, so Rothenbaum is always close to my heart.

At the moment, I cannot think to be a tournament director in any part of the world. Especially in Germany. I don't know it will happen again.' His time as player was unforgettable: 'The thing I missed most were the players, the guys that I used to travel around with the whole year.

There are ones I didn't like obviously as well. But I missed those guys. I missed having them around, being part of that group of players that make that sport so great. That's why I'm so thankful to be inducted this year and having the opportunity to be part of this again in a different way, but in a very special way, also with all the different generations that are part of the Hall of Fame.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal is not just king of clay-courts'