The German Tennis Championships or the German Open is one of the 13 Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tours of 500 points. The clay-court tournament is played every year.
The tournament is Germany's first international tennis championships and has been organised since 1892 in Hamburg.
For the first few years, only German and Austrian players were allowed to play before the tournament opened its arms for all international players in 1897. The tournament got Grand Prix status from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in 1971.
In 2018, the tournament will be held from July 23 to July 29 at Germany's largest centre court, Rothenbaum Tennis Center, in the heart of Hamburg. The tournament will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The total prize money of the tournament is €1,619,935.
In the previous edition, Argentine Leonardo Mayer bagged his second German Open trophy after defeating German Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 in a thrilling three-setters in the Men's singles final.
In the men’s doubles, top seed Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic proved to be too heavy for the second seed Pablo Cuevas and Marc Lopez in the final as the Croatian duo beat Cuevas and Lopez 6-3,6-4 to lift the trophy.
Seedings and Favourites
Currently ranked ninth in the ATP list, Dominic Thiem will go into the tournament as the top seed and is also the favourite to win the tournament for the first time. The 2018 French Open finalist is an excellent player on the clay court and even defeated Nadal in the quarter-final of the Madrid Open in May 2018. After the Austrian crashed out of the 2018 Wimbledon due to an injury, Thiem is aiming to bounce back in the German Open.
Seeded second in Hamburg, Argentine Diego Schwartzman is likely to be the main challenger for Thiem especially after the world number twelve won the Rio Open in February 2018, which was played on the clay surface.
Although David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet are not having great form in recent times, they will also be contention to win the title.
In the Men's doubles, the pair of Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic is seeded number one and they are the favourite to win the title. Currently ranked fifth in the Men’s doubles list, the Austrian and Croatian pair also reached the 2018 French Open final.
The wild card entry Dominic Thiem and Jurgen Melzer and second seed Ivan Dodig and Jean-Julien Rojer are likely to be in race to lift the doubles title.