ROTTERDAM, September 3, 2019 (Press Release)
Stan Wawrinka and Gaël Monfils, finalist and winner of the most recent ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, return to Rotterdam for the 47th edition of the ATP 500 Tournament. Title defender Gaël Monfils and Stan Wawrinka both try for their second title in Rotterdam Ahoy. The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament takes place from 8 until 16 February in Rotterdam Ahoy.
Tournament Director Richard Krajicek: “The winner of the tournament is obviously the first player you reach out to. In this case we were so thrilled by both finalists, that we strived to bring them both back. They are excellent players to watch in action. On one hand you have the spectacular athletics of Monfils, on the other hand there is the beautiful technique of Wawrinka, with probably the most beautiful backhand on the ATP Tour. They both prove their consistent high level at the US Open again, by reaching the final eight in New York.”
After a lost final in 2016, Gaël Monfils put his name on the winners ring in Rotterdam Ahoy last February with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over Wawrinka. On his way to his 9th ATP Tour title, he defeated a.o. David Goffin and Daniil Medvedev, with spectacular tennis. The tournament win in Rotterdam is the start of an excellent year for the 33 years old Frenchmen, who is currently ranked 13th on the ATP Rankings.
Wawrinka also strives for second title
In 2015 Stan Wawrinka managed to do what he wasn’t able to do this year. He won the title in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. It was one of the 16 titles Stan Wawrinka has won, with the Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open (2014), Roland Garros (2015) and the US Open (2016) being the most remarkable. An injury dropped him from the 3rd spot to a place outside the top-200 the ATP Rankings in 2018. The wildcard he took in Rotterdam proved to be a great choice, with an excellent result. Thanks to his great performance in the US Open, where he will play Daniil Medvedev for a spot in the semi-finals, he will return in the top-20 of the ATP Rankings next week.