Gerry Weber Open
The ATP tournament in Halle ( officially Gerry Weber Open ) is a tennis lawn tournament for men, which will be held in Halle (Westfalen ). It takes place every year in June in the period between the French Open and Wimbledon and was organized by the sponsor, the textile company Gerry Weber, named.
Record winner of the tournament is Roger Federer with six hits.
The tournament was founded in 1991 "only" $ 25,000 discharged with a prize money of for the first time, then still on sand. International status got it until 1993, when it was now funded on the lawn with a prize money of $ 350,000. In 2005 it was about $ 800,000. In November 2013 it was announced that the tournament will from 2015 belong to the ATP World Tour 500.
32 players compete in singles and in qualifying. Exactly 174 tennis professionals from 34 countries have participated in the twelve sweeps the Gerry Weber Open up to and including 2004. Of these, most from Germany (28 ) and the USA (19).
The Centre Court at the Gerry Weber stadium holds 12,300 spectators and the two-part roof ( Construction period: 3 months) it can be concluded within 88 seconds. Since 2005 he is also heated. On Court 1 3,500 seats are installed. There are two more courts available.
In 1995, 112,000 spectators - that is until today a national record. In 2003, 103,500 spectators attended the Gerry Weber Open. This represents a decrease of 4,000 visitors over the previous year. In 2004, during the week 106,500, in 2005 there were almost 110,000 visitors. Twelve sweeps to 2004 there were a total of 1.1264 million visitors. The final was sold out at the last tournament in 2013. The Gerry Weber Open is currently the only grass tournament of the ATP Tour, which will take place in Germany. For the year 2014 should arise with an additional women's tournament the first combined tennis tournament in Germany. These plans are, however, been rejected until further notice.