The Moselle Open field has been revealed and players like Marin Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will compete. The tournament director Julien Boutter could not be more satisfied. "It's a great field and we are proud that a Grand Slam winner plays in front of our crowd.
We know that the Laver Cup taking place in the same week as ours was a hard shot but this year it was easier because it takes place in Europe. We have all the game styles and I am happy to welcome Jan-Lennard Struff. Also, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who feels home.
Some players took the decision later than usual", said Boutter. Laver Cup was co-founded by Roger Federer and his agent Tony Godsick. On the young Frenchman Ugo Humbert, Boutter added: "Ugo is well surrounded, he is serious and I am not surprised by his success because I know how he works."
Asked if he will do something new this year, Boutter said: "We always have to keep investing. Over ten years we doubled our budget and that makes sense because we always want to do better. What makes me proud is that the Moselle Open has one of the best ATP 250 fields.
That's caused by our know-how, our history and also our ability to innovate." Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal spoke about how he dealt with rain delay during his match against Dan Evans: "Hardcourt experience, I have a lot.
Played a lot on hard, no? As I said before, have been an important moment, of course, that end of the first set. Winning the first set, I know that I have won a lot. I played a great point in the 6-4 to be 6-5. Two good serves and finally achieved the set.
I had a good beginning of the second. Of course, the beginning of the match being against the score is more difficult to play well because you start and you have the break against, then you are a little bit in trouble at the beginning of the tournament.
It's not the ideal start. But I found a way to be back. So is important, as I said, to survive this first round. Is important to survive against a player that already won three matches before this match. Have been a good challenge and I was able to do it."