MUNICH, February 16, 2016
Germany’s best ranked tennis player Philipp Kohlschreiber announced his participation for this year’s BMW Open by FWU AG in Munich. The world number 29, who finished runner-up in 2015, wants to capture his third title in Bavaria.
Kohlschreiber lost to Andy Murray last year in one of the most exciting finals in the tournament’s history. In 2016, the 29-year-old wants to end his home event by lifting the trophy.
“It was an exceptional final last year against Andy with an electic atmosphere on Centre Court. I think it was an entertaining as well as exciting final for the spectators. Of course, I want to reach the final again in 2016 but this time by claiming the title in the end,” told Kohlschreiber, who won the tournament in 2007 and 2012, on Tuesday in Munich.
“Philipp is a great attraction for the tournament, as he is very popular and always gives his best on the court. The final against Murray was an example for his great performances. That’s what the fans really like and Philipp always played excellent tennis Munich,” tournament director Patrik Kühnen said. Kohlschreiber also reached the final in 2013, when he lost to Tommy Haas.
The German is the second player, who announced to play the 101st edition of the International Tennis Championships of Bavaria. Roberto Bautista-Agut gave his commitment last December.
“We are glad to present two top-30-players at an early stage. It shows that Philipp is connected to the city as well as to his fans in Munich,” organizer Michael Mronz added.
“The BMW Open by FWU AG is very important for me. It is very nice to play here and the spectators are enthusiastic but fair. The venue is inviting and has a familiar atmosphere,” Kohlschreiber told.
The total prize money for this year’s edition will be at €520,070, the highest financial commitment in the tournament’s history. Further players will be announced during the coming weeks.
“We are in good talks with exciting players, who will attract the fans,” Kühnen gives a positive outlook.
Tickets are still avaible via the official website.