July 2022 The tennis week at Hamburg's Rothenbaum ended with two top-class individual finals. At the first "Combined Event" of the men's and women's tennis teams since 1978, a real Grand Slam feeling was created in high summer temperatures - a great success also for Hamburg Commercial Bank as sponsor.
The midsummer to tropical temperatures during the past tennis week were a perfect match for the atmosphere on the courts. Between July 16 and 24, top players from all over the world fought hot duels in the singles and doubles matches. Even if the hopes for German victories had to be buried quickly, this did not change anything about the great atmosphere in "Hamburg's biggest and most beautiful sandbox".
A total of almost 55,000 visitors attended the nine days of the tournament. "After the last two years, when we had to make do with a significantly reduced capacity due to the Corona restrictions, and especially because of the enormous heat in the middle of this tournament week, this is a huge success. Finally, the typical Rothenbaum atmosphere is back! ", tournament director Sandra Reichel is pleased.
And Hamburg Commercial Bank is delighted too. For the third year in a row, it has supported the new-found, oldest German tennis tournament as a sponsor. The players spent the rest breaks between the rallies, which are so important especially in the heat, on the Centre Court and Matchcourt 1 on benches in the design and with the logo of the bank. There can hardly be a more useful advertisement in one's own cause at these temperatures ...
Against the background of partly tropical temperatures, the high sporting level of the tournament is all the more astonishing and remarkable. In the individual finals, the underdogs prevailed in thrilling matches.
In an exciting final match of the young generation, 20-year-old Lorenzo Musetti secured his first title on the ATP Tour. The Italian fought a fascinating duel with top-seeded Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and converted his sixth match point after 2:46 hours to win 6:4, 6:7 and 6:4. Earlier, he had failed to convert five match points in the second set.
In te women's singles, Bernarda Pera from the USA won the match - surprisingly clearly with 6:2 and 6:4 against the top-seeded world number two Anett Kontaveit from Estonia.
Congratulations to all winners and the whole organizing team of the Hamburg European Open 2022 - this makes you want to come back in 2023!