The Halle Open will not be supported by the Weber family's fashion company anymore. According to nw.de, Gerhard Weber, who is the CEO of the Weber company, took the decision not to renew the deal with the German tournament that has been hosting an ATP event in June since 1991.
However, the Webers still plan to run the event. In 2010 Roger Federer signed a lifetime deal with Halle to play there and also working as Ambassador. For the 2019 edition, also Alexander Zverev, Hyeon Chung and Kei Nishikori are set to play.
The fashion company, that was spending €4 million a year for the tennis event, is dealing with some economic crisis and its sales have decreased for years. The agency had to reduce their staff and many markets closed.
Federer will also play the Hopman Cup in 2019, starting his new season there. Commenting on the 2019 field featuring legends like Roger Federer and Serena Williams in Perth, the Tournament Director Paul Kilderry added: 'The Mastercard Hopman Cup will welcome two of the greatest tennis players in history to Western Australia in 2019.
Serena Williams will be back alongside debutant Frances Tiafoe for the United States. They join our reigning champions Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. In total, we will have four Grand Slam singles champions, three top 10 players and eight top 20 players.
For Australia, we have Ash Barty and Matt Ebden flying the flag while France will be represented by Lucas Pouille and 2014 champion Alize Cornet, and Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter will team up for Great Britain in 2019.
I’m also excited to announce that we’ve introduced a free kids ticket for all-day sessions in 2019, making world-class tennis even more accessible for families in Perth in January.' ALSO READ: Paris Masters' tournament director on the status of Rafa Nadal's knee injury