Mayer Headlines Eckental Challenger Anniversary

Florian Mayer is the top seed in Eckental

ECKENTAL, October 31, 2016

The Bauer Water Technology Cup is celebrating its 20th birthday at the House of Sports in Eckental this week, presenting a stunning line-up led by world number 52 and Halle champion Florian Mayer. The 33-year-old German entered the 32-man-main draw with a wild card, taking on Aldin Setkic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the opening round on Tuesday. Mayer eyes his 14th title on the ATP Challenger Tour and could clash with fellow German Tobias Kamke in a potential quarterfinal match-up.

ATP Challenger Eckental

Bauer Watertechnology Cup in Eckental

Second seed at the €35,000 ATP Challenger event is Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, who captured his maiden title at this level in St. Remy earlier this season. The 20-year-old will face Ilya Ivashka from Belarus. German veteran Benjamin Becker was actually seeded third but was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a hip injury and will be replaced by his compatriot Kevin Krawietz. Fourth favourite Andrej Martin of Slovakia will open his Eckental campaign against wild card Matthias Bachinger from Germany.

The winner of this encounter will take on Mohamed Safwat. The world number 2014 from Egypt edged past Frenchman Albano Olivetti in the lone first round match on Monday evening, winning 7-6, 6-2. Safwat withstood 13 aces, firing 12 of his own and saved all of the three break points he faced to secure victory in one hour and 20 minutes.

Eckental Tournament Milestones

1992 The inaugural tournament in Eckental has a prize money of DM5,ooo
Until 1996 The event increases to a tournament with one of the largest amounts of prize money in Germany with female, male and youth competitors. The total budget was DM150,000
1997 The OKAL-CUP was added to the worldwide ATP-TOUR with total prize money of US-$ 50,000
2001 and 2002 The tournament was voted by players and officials on position 15, out of the 140 Challenger tournaments
 2004 €1.4 million were invested in the tennis venue. Since then the popularity by players, sponsors and visitors increases clearly
2005  Bauer Watertechnology became new title sponsor
 2006  The tournament celebrates its 10th anniversary
2007 Davis-Cup players Rainer Schüttler and Alexander Waske played to Eckental
2008 Dennis Gremelmeyr has become the first and only player so far to capture a second title in Eckental
2009 The “Jamaican” year at the House of Sports with Dustin Brown appearing
 2010  The tournament celebrates its best “Cut Off” and the strongest doubles competition in the history of the ATP tournament.
 2011 15 years in Eckental with Rajeev Ram as the tournament’s champion
2015 Former top 10 player Mikhail Youzhny with comeback win
2016 …to be continued…