The Stuttgart Open is a professional men's tournament which is a part of the ATP World Tour 250 series tennis tournament on the ATP Tour. The tournament is primarily sponsored by Mercedes Benz, so, is also known as the Mercedes Cup. The matches of this tournament are played on the grass courts since 2015. The 2019 edition of the Stuttgart Open will take place from June 8 to June 16.
The inaugural edition of the tournament was played in 1916. Between 1970 and 1989, the Stuttgart Open was a part of the Grand Prix Tennis Circuit after which it was an ATP Championship Series till 1999. After that, it has been kept on demoted to ATP International Series status to ATP World Tour 250 series status, which is now its current status as well.
From 1916 to 2014, the matches of the Stuttgart Open were played at clay courts and in 2015, it was decided that now the matches will take place at the grass courts. But, the venue of this tournament has always remained the same which is Tennis Club Weissenhof in Stuttgart, Germany. This court was converted from clay to grass post 2014.
In 2018, ace tennis player from Switzerland Roger Federer won the singles title after he crushed the Canadian player Milos Raonic in the finals by a score of 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). On the other hand, the doubles finals was won by the German pair of Philipp Petzschner and Tim Putz against the pair of Robert Lindstedt (Sweden) and Marcin Matkowski (Poland) by 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to clinch the title in the finals.
A total purse of €729,340 has been announced that will be distributed to the players of the different categories according to their finishing spot at the end of the tournament. Also, apart from the monetary prize, a brand new Mercedes Benz car will also be given to the winner of each category.