MUNICH, March 22, 2018
Organizers of the BMW Open by FWU presented the official line-up at the BMW Lenbachplatz in Munich on Thursday afternoon. The field is led by defending champion and World No. 5 Alexander Zverev, who clinched the title of the ATP 250 clay court event last year.
The 20-year-old German will be joined by almost all of his top-ranked compatriots: three-time winner Philipp Kohlschreiber, veteran Florian Mayer as well as young gun Maximilian Marterer. “It has been our goal to present the best German players in Munich. With Peter Gojowczyk only one name is missing, but he told me that he wants to focus on the bigger tournaments,” tournament director Patrik Kühnen explained.
With Roberto Bautista Agut, Fabio Fognini and Gael Monfils, a trio of FWU-players will come back to the venue of the MTTC Iphitos. All of them are in good shape, having already clinched three titles this season. Monfils opened the season by winning the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha, Fognini returned to the winners’ circle by lifting the trophy in Rio de Janeiro and Bautista Agut celebrated the biggest triumph in his career at the ATP 500 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Andrey Rublev of Russia and Korea’s Hyeon Chung will represent the #NextGenATP players in Bavaria’s picturesque capital city. In-form Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, who is currently ranked on a career high World No. 60, could be one of the tournament’s dark horses.
“This has been the strongest line-up since I have started as tournament director 11 years ago,” Kühnen is pleased with the entry list. “The field is wide open and it will be interesting to see, who will emerge victorious and get the Lederhosen after Sunday’s singles final.”
A special incentive for the players will be a BMW i8 Roadster, which will be awarded to the tournament’s champion. The BMW Open by FWU with a total prize money of €561,345 is the first of four German events on the season’s ATP World Tour calendar, held from 30 April to 6 May 2018.
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Full Entry List:
1 ZVEREV, Alexander GER 5
2 BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto ESP 15
3 SCHWARTZMAN, Diego ARG 16
4 FOGNINI, Fabio ITA 18
5 CHUNG, Hyeon KOR 23
6 KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER 31
7 RUBLEV, Andrey RUS 34
8 MONFILS, Gael FRA 42
9 SUGITA, Yuichi JPN 43
10 ZVEREV, Mischa GER 55
11 STRUFF, Jan-Lennard GER 56
12 FUCSOVICS, Marton HUN 60
13 PELLA, Guido ARG 61
14 HAIDER-MAURER, Andreas AUT 63PR
15 MARTERER, Maximilian GER 73
16 MAYER, Florian GER 74
17 BASIC, Mirza BIH 75
18 KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO 79
19 BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP 82