Ralf Weber spoke about the upcoming Halle Open. The Tournament Director recalled some tough moments the event went through: "In 1993 Andre Agassi lost in the first round, last year Alexander Zverev did. It's not great.
But I feel that if they were well prepared and they gave their best, I do not want to say that they are at fault. Bar days can happen", he told NW. On the Jan Lennard Struff' success, Weber added: "That makes me happy.
He often got a wild card here, unfortunately, he lost always in the first round. Now he got to a new stage of life. He became a father. Now he has a bigger responsibility for his wife and child. He is not the youngest and he can focus more on tennis.
Now he is world No. 38 and he can go even higher." Asked about his wish for the final, Weber added: "Roger Federer in the final, which would be the highlight for all the fans. Alexander Zverev is going through good momentum again.
But we have many players who can give us a good end." Zverev said: "Now I can totally focus on tennis again. Before, I had to care about something I was not used to. I also had to do some management. Everything was new to me.
I have not a manager now, I am alone." Asked what he would like to improve on grass, Zverev added: "The grass is a very special surface. You have to play in a different way. It's not that you do three or four training sessions and you are okay. You have to learn every year. I already have some years of experience and I know what I am doing there."