The best edition ever of ATP Halle ended. The event, born in 1993, was attended by 116,200 people, which is the official attendance record number in the 25 years tournament history. The director Ralf Weber is clearly satisfied: 'The tournament has evolved internationally', he said.
'The draw has never been as good, with four of the top ten players participating. Of the top German pros, Alexander Zverev has really made a tremendous step. I am very happy he is here for the third time. He and his family feel good here.
German tennis is very lucky to have another top ten player who has charisma, and has great potential to become a world star.' The nine-time Champion Roger Federer signed a lifetime contract with the event in 2010, but clearly he won't have as many years on the Tour as Zverev, who is the biggest NextGen star.
Speaking about the chance to make sure the home favourite player plays the Halle event for many more years, Weber said: 'We have started discussions. His manager was here and I think we will finalize the matter during the next weeks.
He not only feels good here, but most important, the tournament suits his calendar perfectly. He is only twenty-years-old so we will see if it will be a lifetime contract or an agreement over several years, which would make sense.
If he keeps developing, it would be great if “Sascha” (Alexander) became the face of the Gerry Weber Open, putting his mark on the tournament.' 'We are in a very comfortable situation', Weber assured.
'We have the contract with Roger (Federer) and one with (Kei) Nishikori, who is important to us internationally, especially in Asia. We hope to announce agreements with other top players very soon, and we have already started ticket sales for 2018.
Next year, there will be another leap as the prize money is getting close to two million Euros because we have an agreement to increase it eight percent every year.' ALSO READ: Federer: 'In 2003 I won Halle, then Wimbledon. So now...'