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Tournament director Krajicek: "We want to make tennis even bigger”

16 February 2020
Tournament director Krajicek:

Tournament director Richard Krajicek looks back at the 47th edition of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament with great satisfaction. 108.036 fans came and saw a week of wonderful tennis in Rotterdam. 

"We had another beautiful edition with a lovely final to finish it off. It’s great that Monfils was able to win the title 45 years after his great idol Arthur Ashe did. Like Ashe, Gaël defended his crown.”

Krajicek won the event in 1995 and 1997 and is thrilled that young talent, like Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jannik Sinner, is breaking through in Rotterdam. "Both of them are at the start of a great career, while older stars like Monfils are still going strong. In Auger-Aliassime, who made his ATP Tour debut here two years ago, I see a future world No.1 or at least a Top 5 player. Sinner has more room to grow, but should make the Top 10 as well I believe. These guys are so talented and combine it with a great personality.”

There were many firsts in 2020, such as Sunday Funday, a new centre court and player walk-on. "| could not have dreamed Sunday Funday would become such a success. We welcomed 2500 kids in Ahoy. They had the opportunity to see the top players up close and engage in great activities in a wonderful atmosphere. Other theme days were Ladies Day, Kids Day, NextGen Day and Board Day. All attracted many happy visitors. We will always look to innovate where we can.”

The 48th edition of the largest tennis event in the Netherlands is scheduled for February 6-14, 2021. Ticket sales have started. "We will aim for a similar field with a number of Top 10 players. Starting from Wimbledon we will keep an eye on all players and their development. Daniil Medvedev was contracted for two years and will return in 2021. This year’s final brought us what we hoped for: new top talent versus a big established name.”

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