The Vienna Erste Bank Open Tournament Director Herwig Straka believes that there is a clear reason why the Davis Cup finals stage takes place in Madrid in late November and not in September after the US Open. "You may go against the Laver Cup, but it would be a war declaration against Federer", said Straka, also adding that he hopes to get Novak Djokovic in Vienna.
Asked about the chances to see the Austrian city possibly hosting the ATP Finals in the future, he did not feel too optimistic: "It's a dream..." Kei Nishikori, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime are the players confirmed to compete in Vienna in October so far.
In Basel, the Swiss players Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka and the world No. 3 Alexander Zverev are committed. Straka also plans to run a new Challenger event in Graz, Austria. "I already spoke with ATP, there are already some dates in summer that could be interesting.
Close to a Grand Slam, Wimbledon or US Open. The perfect date would be in August, once again on clay", said Straka, who expects to have one million euros budget. "We are aware that it can help the next generation of players.
We want to help the game." Analyzing his loss to Lorenzo Sonego in Monte Carlo, Pierre-Hugues Herbert said: "I'm always disappointed after a defeat. I'm not smiling as much as I was yesterday. Then as regards the scale of my disappointment, it is true that this one was not as terrible as others, because he was the best player out there and I didn't find any solution today.
He played better placing the ball in the right angles at the right time all along the match, so I have to admit that he was the best. I have to congratulate him for that. He is a very complete player. He's got a good serve, good forehand, good backhand.
He has an excellent backhand. I don't think he has made many mistakes on that backhand. He hits the ball deep in the court. They're heavy. On clay, he's a very physical player, and the way he played today was really difficult for me.
He took his chances at the right time, and that's it. So things didn't turn out well for me. I couldn't find solutions for that."