The ATP 500 of Halle didn't have any title sponsor until last week when Noventi replaced Gerry Weber. The tournament still brought some great players, like every year, although they could not guarantee some big cheques.
"Players gave positive feedbacks, including Roger Federer, who came to me and gave their help. One of the successful formula for players is to make everything as well as possible. We contacted their agents and many big players do not have any agreement with the tournament.
We still have a big player's field", said the Tournament Director Ralf Weber in an interview to Nw. Asked about the future of tennis once Federer retires, Weber added: "That does not worry me. I heard the same questions 26 years ago when Boris Becker and Michael Stich played here.
In the beginning, I had my doubts if that would go well. After all, we had invested more than €60 million. But we faced this situation also with Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and Petr Korda. And now we are in the best week of the ATP Tour, between Paris and Wimbledon.
So there will always be the best players here." On Zverev brothers recently opening up on their issues - Alexander was involved in a legal dispute with his agent while Mischa admitted he went through a burnout - Weber concluded: "I think it's good.
Fans also want to get involved in the players' life. And weeks are not always good for the athletes. Alexander Zverev was put on the shadow by his agent."