STARNBERG, May 17, 2020
This week the seventh edition of the NECKARCUP would have taken place in Heilbronn, which earned the ATP Challenger of the Year Award in three straight seasons from 2017 to 2019. Despite being cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the tournament remains one of the most popular events on the circuit.
Today would’ve been the final of the NECKARCUP in Heilbronn 🇩🇪@Struffitennis won the inaugural edition 2014@AlexZverev broke into the Top 100 for the first time after lifting the🏆 in 2015@AndreasMies & @KrawietzKevin doubles champions in 2019 ahead of their dream run at RG pic.twitter.com/ZGlQ0dAGwZ
— Florian Heer (@Florian_Heer) May 17, 2020
One of the few remaining clubs on the ATP Challenger Tour to be founded in the 19th century, the TC Heilbronn Trappensee E.V. 1892 has hosted the NECKARCUP for the past five years. Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff captured the title at the inaugural edition of the clay-court tournament in 2014. One year later, current World No. 7 Alexander Zverev broke into the Top 100 for the first time after lifting the trophy in 2015.
Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia claimed his fifth ATP Challenger career title winning the third edition when he beat Struff in the final in straight sets. Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic is a two-time champion of the tournament, taking the title in 2017 as well as in 2019. #NextGenATP German Rudolf Molleker concluded his fairytile run by celebrating his maiden triumph on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2018.
The ATP Challenger Tour shared on Twitter three of the best rallies at the NECKARCUP over the years:
✅ Rola goes behind-the-back
✅ Krawietz/Mies doubles magic
✅ De Greef’s blazing speed
— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) May 14, 2020