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SBD Global/October 2, 2013/Events and Attractions

Former Tennis Pro Michael Stich, LTTC Rot-Weiß Berlin Want To Host WTA Event In '15

Former German tennis player Michael Stich has together with the tennis club LTTC Rot-Weiß Berlin applied for a license to host a WTA tournament in Germany. The club facility last hosted a women's tournament in '08. Stich: "We have together with the club submitted an application to the WTA." Stich, who owns the Hamburg Sports & Entertainment agency, and the club want to host a WTA event starting in '15. The proposed tournament would take place after the French Open and ahead of Wimbledon. The event would be played on a grass surface. Stich: "I think it's a very interesting idea. Women's tennis is currently booming here, but we have a deficit in Germany because there aren't enough tournaments." Currently Germany plays host to two WTA events with the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and the Nürnberger Versicherungscup in Nuremberg. However, there are doubts that the dilapidated facility of LTTC Rot-Weiß Berlin, which includes the 7,000-seat Steffi-Graf-Stadion, meets the requirements to host a pro tournament. Stich said, "You can renovate anything, and it is in the interest of the club and the city to change its condition" (SPONSORs).
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