MUNICH, May 3, 2015
Most of the times it is a bad sign when the ATP supervisor is coming onto the court. Either a player is injured and needs physical treatment or a competitor has to be disqualified. Those are possible scenarios.
A different case happened at the BMW Open by FWU AG in Munich on Sunday. This time, the reason was bad weather. It was raining all day long, which led to the fact that the highly expected final between top-seed Andy Murray and Philipp Kohlschreiber could not be finished.
Two times the players came to the court and left again. Only five games had been played with the German leading 3-2, before the final was eventually postponed to Monday morning 11 am.
Earlier the day, the final news conference took place, in which the organisers, sponsors and the tournament director drew an entirely positive conclusion despite the bad weather.
“This has been the best tournament since our partnership started here in Munich ten years ago,” Manfred Dirrheimer, CEO of the FWU AG stated. “Of course, we had some rainy days but nonetheless, it was a great week.”
“We were able to present young players in combination with top stars from the tour. With his behaviour and attitude, Andy Murray suited perfectly to the tournament’s philosophy. He really wanted to capture his first clay court title,” organizer Michael Mronz said and added: “Three days were sold out and about more than 36.000 spectators have come to the venue during the week.”
Peter Bosch, boss of the Club MTTC Iphitos, the holder of the ATP licence just stated: “Mission completed. We have successfully realized our concept.”
Tournament director Patrik Kühnen was also positive. “I am really satisfied with the player’s field, the quality of matches and that we could watch a week of world class tennis in Munich again. Don’t forget that the there are two other tournaments taking place the same week, but we had the best cut-off and this will remain our goal for the next couple of years.”