First, we really have to thank the QTF for their great engagement in Berlin so far. You know, it seems that they are really fighting to keep this tournament in the german capital and they already have done a lot to achieve this. It’s easy to say, that otherwise Germany wouldn’t have a WTA Tier I event anymore and this would be really bad for the german fans. I think we are all pretty aware of this. So, once again, thank you QTF and Qatar Telecom and especially Sheikh Mohamed Bin-Faleh Al-Thani and his stuff for doing such a great job for all tennis fans and in particular for the german fans of this wonderful sport. We really appreciate.
But now I’m coming to the “flip side of the coin”. What about the identity of this event? Because we all know it’s still called “German Open”. From my point of view, it’s really a shameful image, especially for the mighty german industry not to participate and to sponsor such a great tennis event in Germany. Please, don't get me wrong, but for me it's a very strange image to have a WTA Tier I event in the capitol of Germany, the so called German Open and the whole scenario reminds you more of venues like Doha and Dubai. Of course that’s not the fault of the QTF and their current main sponsor Qatar Telecom, because they are giving a lot of money for the rights and that’s a part of the game. And they are allowed to do so, because they simply paid for it. But sorry, in the future I really want the german identity back and it doesn't matter if the interest for tennis in Germany is low right now or not. Personally I think that the interest isn’t that low at all. Anyway, this great tournament should be the real German
Open and in god's name the german industry including the whole economy should take the responsibility to help the DTB reclaim this event. The current situation really pisses me off, sorry.
We all know that the situation for the german open in 2003 was becoming more and more a financial disaster and in the end the DTB was not longer able to finance it and was finally forced to sell the rights, and the current holder of rights is the Qatar Tennis Federation. Today only the name “German Open” still exists but everybody knows that this tournament is simply a big Tier I event organised by the QTF and Germany is just the location.
Once again, I'm not arguing against the great engagement of the QTF to keep that event in Germany. No, but in the end the “German Open” have already paid a high price for that, which is:
"The complete loss of its identity"
At this stage, special thanks to the industry and the whole business location Germany for making this possible.
What became of my country in terms of tennis?
The land of legends like Graf and Becker? Unfortunately our great tennis heroes are long gone and we are still suffering about the lack of possible successors. And speaking of Steffi it's easy to say, we most likely will never have such a great female champion again. But you know and I think every german friend on this board would agree, this is a very shameful situation for Germany and I’m once again directly pointing to our (still) mighty industrial economy. Profit is not everything guys! I know this is against your principles but sometimes you simply have to risk something for a higher value than just money. And this value is identity. Think about it.
Thank you for your time,