The Mercedes Open recorded its highest spectator count in its history this year. 58,000 people attended the event during the week and tournament director Edwin Weindorfer and ATP Supervisor Mark Darby could not be any happier.
'It is the second year that this three week grass court swing has been created in the ATP calendar,' Darby said in press conference. 'It’s been a big success to play on grass here in Stuttgart. The fans come out, having a full house during the final weekend with terrific spectators.
The atmosphere around the grounds is also outstanding.' Asked if by 2017, it would be possible to bring another top player aside of Roger Federer (who has a two-year contract with the tournament), Weindorfer said, 'We are currently not undertaking any talks with Novak Djokovic. Our focus will remain on Roger.
However, what is going to happen in 2018 or 2019, we do not know. I still hope that Novak will play here within the next five years. Yet, it is not possible for us to present all the top guys here in the same year. Unfortunately, our budget will not be sufficient to deal with that.' ALSO READ: Stan Wawrinka: ´Will I pair up with Federer at the Olympics? I have to see him in person´