Erste Bank Open
The ATP tournament in Vienna ( officially Erste Bank Open, before BA Tennis Trophy and BA- CA Tennis Trophy ) is a tennis tournament in the Category ATP World Tour 250 Since 1974 it is held annually in October at the Wiener Stadthalle in Rudolf -Fuenfhaus instead. The game is played on the decking Opticourt. Currently, it is common with the tournament in Kitzbühel is one of two ATP World Tour tournaments in Austria.
The tournament was held for the first time in 1974. The prize money amounted to $ 25,000 at that time and has been applied by various sponsors. After a one year break Fischer was recruited as the main sponsor and as a fisher -GP held this liaison to 1985 After the task was the Creditanstalt, in a later episode, Bank Austria -. Creditanstalt. The competition is carried out since 1986 under the name of CA, BA -CA or BA Tennis Trophy, starting in 2011, the tournament under the name Erste Bank Open. Initially it was played on the decking Green Set, later Supreme Court and for some years on Opticourt Schneider tennis. The tournament is dominated by appearances and victories of young talents such as Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer, but also by many established stars such as Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, Goran Ivanisevic and Stefan Edberg. Also special attraction exercises the Fall in domestic players Thomas Muster, Horst Skoff and Alexander Antonitsch up to Jurgen Melzer and Stefan Koubek. The BA Tennis Trophy belonged from 1996 to 2008 for the ATP World Tour 500, since 2009, however, only to the ATP World Tour 250, the third highest category within the conference organized by the ATP tournament series.
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- Record winner are in single Brian Gottfried with four tournament victories, in a double Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan with 3 wins.
- So far, 20 of the 25 world number one are started in Vienna.
- 1986 Brad Gilbert won against Karel Nováček after losing the first set by bringing the Czechoslovaks by faking an injury from the game flow.
- Previously there were two purely Austrian playoffs: 1988, Horst Skoff won against Thomas Muster in 2010 defeated Jurgen Melzer the lucky loser Andreas Haider- Maurer and successfully defended his title in order
- Boris Becker in 1998 renounced in favor of Pete Sampras on his wildcard to allow the Americans to participate. Sampras still needed successes in order to qualify for the ATP World Championship. He won the tournament and ended the sixth consecutive year as the world No. 1 ranking.
- Ivan Ljubičić suffered not a single break in his first two appearances in Vienna, only in the 2006 final against Fernando González, the first time he had to fend off break points.
- 1995 Michael Stich suffered in his match against Todd Woodbridge a momentous torn ligament after he tried to Walk a drop shot.
- The second-round duel between Boris Becker and Michael Stich in 1996 was the most watched until then transfer to Euro Sport. Becker won 3:6, 6:3, 6:4, and subsequently also the tournament.
- In his only -shows in 1992, Jimmy Connors had to compete in tennis shorts from tournament officials later Peter Feigl, because his equipment was lost.
- The Erste Bank Open is the only ATP tournament in Austria, the Thomas Muster despite three finals never could win.
- Roger Federer won the tournament both in single (2x ) and in doubles.
List of winners
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