KASSEL, July 24, 2016
Yannick Hanfmann is the champion of the 19th edition of the $25,000 Wilhelmshöhe Open. The 24-year-old emerged victorious from the first all-German-final in Kassel since 2005, winning 7-6, 6-1 over Julian Lenz on Sunday afternoon.
Hanfmann, who graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles last year, sent down four aces and capitalized on all of his three break point chances to prevail in one hour and 19 minutes. The Karlsruhe resident celebrated his third ITF Future title of the season, his second within two weeks.
“I am really tired right now,” Hanfmann had to admit. “I would prefer not to see a tennis racket in the next few days.” After a bit of rest, however, the German will continue his journey on the tennis tour.
“I have found my game but there is always space for improvement.”
Lenz returned this year from the Baylor University in Waco (Texas) and finished runner-up on the Pro Circuit for a second time in 2016.
“He was the better player and deserved to win,” Lenz stated afterwards.
On Saturday, top seeds Maximilian Neuchrist from Austria and David Pel from the Netherlands claimed the doubles title, winning 6-2, 7-6 over Czech wild cards Petr Nouza and David Skoch in one hour and 12 minutes.
The winners have started to team up only last week and captured the ITF Future trophy in Kramsach. “We are still unbeaten,” Neuchrist is happy and added that the two will join forces in the future as well. For the 25-year-old Dutch, it was even the third consecutive title. Before Kramsach, Pel had clinched the Future title in Amstelveen alongside Brazilian José Perreira.