View Full Version : Serena and Hingis commit to Berlin - Qatar promises to keep tourney Tier I

Jan 5th, 2006, 04:11 PM
sources are several small articles in the German press, also yahoo Germany is writing about the tournament...

This article says Sheikh Bin Faleh Al-Thani rejects all specualtions about taking the tournament away from Berlin or changing it status.
Furthermore, he promises a strong field with Serena Williams, who committed by contract and Martina Hingis.

Jan 6th, 2006, 05:55 AM
noone's commenting on this one :confused: I think it's great news :p

Jan 6th, 2006, 06:47 AM
I hope Serena actually plays here good prep for the French.

Jan 6th, 2006, 06:49 AM
One of my fave tournaments... glad to see Martina coming back to it.

Jan 6th, 2006, 07:03 AM
Serena commited per contract? we will see if she is really playing
but good news for berlin tournament

Jan 6th, 2006, 07:05 AM
Thatīs really nice and hopefully this time there will be more spectators and a better weather;)

Canīt wait for this yearīs tourney...the line-up is always sooo incredible.

Jan 6th, 2006, 10:16 AM
My fav tourney :bounce: (guess why :p ) Hope that the Sheikh is right :bounce:

Jan 6th, 2006, 10:20 AM
Great news!! :yeah:
I hope she really play this year, last year she withdrew.

Jan 6th, 2006, 10:21 AM
I believe this when I saw her on court...

Jan 6th, 2006, 11:46 AM
German Open...10 very good days in my year.

Jan 6th, 2006, 12:12 PM
Serena won't play of course. Still good news. :)

Jan 6th, 2006, 12:33 PM
Wasn't there a problem with a stalker of Serena.

Jan 6th, 2006, 01:52 PM
I really hope both play there, who else besides them and Justine is commited? Kim? Amelie? Maria? Patty? It should be a great tournament. And it's also good news that it'll continue to be Tier I, but they should promote the tournament better, I think. It seemed to me that in 2005, Warsaw was far more successful (relatively) than Berlin.

Andy T
Jan 6th, 2006, 02:29 PM
Excellent news! Germany has such a glorious tradition as a great tennis nation and this particular tournament is older than Roland Garros and Australia. It would be just terrible if this event ceased to exist or got moved elsewhere. It's super for the tournament that great champions like Hingis and Serena have committed to play but they too should also feel privileged to be part of such a prestigious event.

Jan 6th, 2006, 02:39 PM
I'll believe it when I see it, but it's a good way to pre-sell tickets.

Jan 6th, 2006, 02:52 PM
So maybe if Serena plays Berlin that Venus maybe will play Rome?

Jan 6th, 2006, 03:16 PM
I'll believe it when I see it, but it's a good way to pre-sell tickets.

That would be great, but it'S not the case. I don't know any peolpe(unless some tennis geeks) buying tickets beforehand :(

Jan 6th, 2006, 03:24 PM
Glad Martina is playing, but she should only play doubles there. Why? It is the only major doubles title on the WTA tour she has not yet won.