STUTTGART, May 11, 2019
Six players ranked inside the top 20 of the ATP Tour-Rankings will compete at this year’s MercedesCup, making it a strong line-up for the tournament to be held in Stuttgart from June 10 – 16, 2019.
Karen Khachanov (RUS/No. 13), Daniil Medvedev (RUS/14), Milos Raonic (CAN/16), Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO/17), Gael Monfils (FRA/18) and Denis Shapovalov (CAN/20) will headline the action at the Tennis Club Weissenhof. The cut-off this year is at a high of World No. 55, which makes it the strongest field since the tournament has switched from clay to grass in 2015. Just as a comparison: Last year, a player needed to be at ranked World No. 69 to enter the main draw directly.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka will also return to Stuttgart for the first time since 2007, when the current World No. 34 from Switzerland finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal.
“The finals in 2007 are a nice memory of Stuttgart and the MercedesCup. Obviously, it is now a totally different tournament as it is played on grass, but I have only heard positive things,” Wawrinka stated in a press release.
“The MercedesCup has a very interesting field of players to offer this year. It is a perfect mixture of top stars like Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Milos Raonic, Nick Kyrgios and Philipp Kohlschreiber, as well as players who have a bright future like Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev, Denis Shapovalov or Felix Auger-Aliassime. The sensational cut off of 55 goes to show the magnetism the MercedesCup has on players. When you could have first round matches between Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Nick Kyrgios against Denis Shapovalov – this is a clear sign how packed the tournament really is,” tournament director Edwin Weindorfer says.
For more information and tickets, please visit the tournament’s official homepage.
1 KHACHANOV, Karen RUS 13
2 MEDVEDEV, Daniil RUS 14
3 RAONIC, Milos CAN 16
4 BASILASHVILI, Nikoloz GEO 17
5 MONFILS, Gael FRA 18
6 SHAPOVALOV, Denis CAN 20
7 SIMON, Gilles FRA 28
8 DJERE, Laslo SRB 29
9 AUGER-ALIASSIME, Felix CAN 30
10 WAWRINKA, Stan SUI 33
11 KYRGIOS, Nick AUS 34
12 TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA 34PR
13 FUCSOVICS, Marton HUN 35
14 BERRETTINI, Matteo ITA 37
15 CARRENO BUSTA, Pablo ESP 38
16 KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER 41
17 STRUFF, Jan-Lennard GER 48
18 MILLMAN, John AUS 50
19 MUNAR, Jaume ESP 55