Former World Number One Angelique Kerber, a winner of three Grand Slams, officially opened the central court of the Bad Homburg Open. Notably, 2018 Wimbledon Champion once said “I Will Help Promote Grass Court Tennis In Germany.”
The 2016 US Open champion baptized Bad Homburg Tennis Club, the latest grass court on Saturday in Germany. Additionally, the club may become the venue for a new international event of WTA. The club is in Hesse, a state of Germany. Moreover, the first Bad Homburg Open will now take place in 2021 due to the pandemic.
However, Kerber played mixed doubles to baptize the court at the notable Kurpark. She said, “It is a great honor for me. Not so many can do it.”
It is at this place wherein 1876, the first tennis court of the entire continent of Europe was built. Additionally, Kerber played alongside Rainer Schuttler, the captain of the German Fed Cup. The two-faced the rising star, Mara Guth and Michael Kohlmann, the captain of the German team in the Davis Cup. The match took place on the Centre Court of “Spielbank Bad Homburg.”
While Guth is at the 36th position in the junior ranking, Schuttler is the former coach of Kerber.
“A Very Special Feeling”- Angelique Kerber
Additionally, various guests of honor marked their attendance. The list includes the Bad Homburg Mayor, the German Tennis Federation’s President, and various others. Ian Hewitt, the Wimbledon chairman was also present in the celebrations virtually.
Also, Kerber described the event as a very special one. She said, “This was definitely a very special feeling.” She further added, “In general, this great atmosphere at the Kurpark and in particular, this beautifully laid-out grass-court have also increased the anticipation for next year’s premiere even more.”
Moreover, there was no entry for the general public due to the pandemic. Although, the tournament will not hold any matches until 2021 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Finally, after the match, the German Wimbledon champion gifted a check in the name of UNICEF Children’s Emergency Fund of €25,000. She has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2017.