Stuttgart was one of the few tournaments where Roger Federer had never played in his his career until 2016 when he made his debut there. He played two more times in the German event thereafter, including in 2018, when he defeated Milos Raonic to conquer the title.
The final day was a special one for Federer, as his father Robert and many other guests came to watch him. "He has a lot of friends coming from Switzerland and he needed quite a lot of tickets," recalled the Tournament Director Edwin Weindorf.
"We were happy to provide him with all the tickets he asked for." Federer usually drives from Zurich to Stuttgart. Weindorf also spoke about the two new tournaments - WTA Berlin and ATP Mallorca - in his capacity as the CEO of e-motion sports that will be organising the events.
"With Berlin, it was a little easier. We will have the best players in the world playing that week, it's the largest WTA tournament in Germany. We are negotiating with players so it's gonna be a really strong tournament over the next ten years because we also have a history with Steffi Graf who won eight titles here before the tournament was sold to Qatar.
We started building grass courts three weeks ago. For Mallorca, we already have the facilities, the ATP testing the facilities there, Rafael Nadal playing there. That's why the ATP Board picked Mallorca. The Tournament Director Toni Nadal, we already confirmed Feliciano Lopez, who won Queen's last year so he is the perfect player."