Tennis - There may be a women's grass-court event in Berlin next year, according to the Berliner Kurier. Austrian Edwin Weindorfer, who is the Tournament Director of the Men's ATP Stuttgart event and who is also involved with the plans for Berlin, commented, "We are in discussions with representatives of the Red-and-White-Sports club, with the WTA and Wimbledon since many months.
Berlin is an absolutely fascinating candidate. We are to look for a different venue for the tournament in Mallorca because there we have other plans. If we can transfer this license to Berlin, it would be a good solution."
The WTA currently holds a grass court event in Mallorca, which is currently underway this week. This is the fourth edition of the event in Mallorca. A decision on the same could be taken in early July during the Wimbledon Championships.
Germany's Angelique Kerber is the top seed at the tournament this week and Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova is the second seed. Former World No.1s Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are also competing in Mallorca this week.
Berlin has earlier held the WTA German Open from 1979 to 2008 and its Stadium is named after the legendary German tennis star Steffi Graf. Graf won the Berlin Open for a record nine times during an 11-year-period between 1986 to 1996 and the Stadium was built in her honour.
The Red-and-White-Sports Director Markus Zoecke commented, “I can’t confirm it. But it is true that we consider such plans. If something is to be, then it must be a cracker for the next 20, 30 years”. The club members must also agree on switching the venue to grass.
Currently, there are five WTA events on grass - Nottingham, 's-Hertogenbosch, Birmingham, Mallorca and Eastbourne leading up to Wimbledon. None of these events are currently in Germany, which hosts the ATP events in Stuttgart and Halle.