Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and rising American teen Coco Gauff have confirmed their participation in the WTA grass court event in Berlin, joining the top German players Angelique Kerber and Julia Görges in the field.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Tournament Director Barbara Rittner, the former Fed Cup captain of Germany, commented, "We are very pleased that the reigning Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin has agreed. For me, Gauff is currently the player with the greatest charisma.
At the age of 15, she played incredibly attractive tennis and still didn't lose her carefree youth." Kenin, also from the United States, is currently ranked No. 5 in the world while Gauff is currently ranked No. 51 in the world rankings, having briefly entered the Top 50 in the world rankings last month.
Kenin broke through to win her first Grand Slam event at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January. Guaff has been making waves on the tour since breaking through at Wimbledon last June. The 15 year old Gauff won her first WTA event in Linz, Austria last October and also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, as well as the third round of the US Open.
The WTA event, worth 765,000 euros, will take place on the grass surface from June 13 to 21. Berlin is hosting a WTA event for the first time since 2008 when the tournament was played on clay courts. The stadium on the grounds of the LTTC Rot-Weiß is named after tennis legend Steffi Graf, who won the Berlin event on clay nine times in her career.