World number one Iga Swiatek leads the field with ten players from the Top 10 at the bett1open in Berlin.
Ten players from the top 10 and 17 professionals from the top 20 have entered. “This level of performance makes Berlin the center of the tennis world in mid-June,” says tournament director Barbara Rittner. From June 11 to 19th, the WTA tournament on the spectacularly beautiful grounds of the LTTC “Rot-Weiß” e.V. in Berlin will be about winning the tournament and valuable world ranking points and total prize money of 757,000 US dollars. Two main draw wildcards are also up for grabs.
The top field is led by world No. 1 Iga Swiatek, the winner of the 2020 French Open. Seeded second is Paula Badosa, the No. 3 in the world rankings. Following from the top 10 are Maria Sakkari, Sofia Kenin (sharing WTA No. 4), Anett Kontaveit (WTA No. 5), Ons Jabeur (WTA No. 6), Aryna Sabalenka (WTA No. 7), Karolina Pliskova (WTA No. 8), Danielle Collins (WTA No. 9) and Garbine Muguruza (WTA No. 10). The reigning Olympic champion and last year’s finalist at the bett1open, Belinda Bencic (WTA No. 14), is also in the mix.
Together, six of the players have won twelve Grand Slam titles. Barbara Rittner is impressed: “This outstanding field shows what status Berlin now has in the tennis world thanks to thebett1open.”
Superstars such as four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka (WTA No. 38) will be making her Berlin debut. The same goes for Coco Gauff (WTA No. 18) – at just 18 years old, already perhaps the most significant promise of a bright tennis future, she is even playing for her first major title on grass in Berlin. In short, a women’s tennis tournament with such a top-class line-up is unique in Germany.
Social and sustainable impact
A particular highlight is that the live draw for the main field, including the top players, will take place live on Center Court on Sunday, June 12.
Franziska Giffey, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, will open the tournament. She says, “During thebett1open, all eyes in the world of women’s tennis will be on Berlin.”
The bett1open uses this global attention also to have a social and sustainable impact. For the opening ceremony on Sunday, June 12, 500 refugees from Ukraine who had to flee the war in their homeland are invited.
Furthermore, 50 children from a children’s choir will sing the song “Diese Welt brauchrt Liebe” live. This moving performance is organized by PxP EMBASSY, the charity partner of the bett1open. This foundation has made it its mission to provide more opportunities for children from precarious life situations. The two PxP founders, Fetsum Sebhat and Teddy Tewelde, once came to Germany as refugees themselves.
Children can join too
Together with the Berlin-Brandenburg Tennis Association (TVBB), 500 children will be invited to the opening weekend – Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12 – and can actively take up a racket at the Kids Fan Fest presented by EDEKA. The tournament also includes the Kids Fan Fest presented by EDEKA, the official nutrition partner of the tournament. Games, fun, excitement, healthy food, autographs at the EDEKA Grand Schlemm, dragon-strength fun with Tabaluga, raffles, interviewing players, getting exclusive tips from Wimbledon head coach Dan Bloxham and, and, and …
Mark Rosenkranz, Spokesperson of the Board of EDEKA Minden-Hannover, says, “For us at EDEKA, nutrition, and sports belong together. We are very proud to be the nutrition partner of this top-class women’s tennis tournament. Players and tournament visitors can look forward to delicious and balanced meals from EDEKA in addition to world-class tennis.”
Entry list of the bett1open (WTA rank)
1 Iga SWIATEK (POL) 1
2 Paula BADOSA (ESP) 3
3 Maria SAKKARI (GRE) 4
4 Sofia KENIN (USA) 4 (SR)
5 Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) 5
6 Ons JABEUR (TUN) 6
7 Aryna SABALENKA 7
8 Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) 8
9 Danielle COLLINS (USA) 9
10 Garbine MUGURUZA (ESP) 10
11 Jessica PEGULA (USA) 11
12 Belinda BENCIC (SUI) 14
13 Victoria AZARENKA 15
14 Elena RYBAKINA (KAZ) 16
15 Leylah FERNANDEZ (CAN) 17
16 Coco GAUFF (USA) 18
17 Daria KASATKINA 20
18 Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA 21
19 Bianca ANDREESCU (CAN) 22 (SR)
20 Karolina MUCHOVA (CZE) 22 (SR)
21 Madison KEYS (USA) 23
22 Jil TEICHMANN (SUI) 24
Ticket sales and media
Advance ticket sales for the bett1open, which runs from June 11 – 19, 2022, are already in full swing.
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For media representatives, registration for accreditation for the bett1open is now open.
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As a successful event organizer and trendsetter in sports marketing, the e|motion group strengthens its competitiveness and thus that of its partners and customers through the ongoing innovative development of its events with a focus on tennis and does so internationally. In this way, the company creates economic added value for all parties involved. The e|motion group is the organizer of the bett1open in Berlin, a WTA 500 tournament on the women’s tennis tour. It also organizes the international tennis tournaments “Weissenhof” in Stuttgart and “Mallorca Championships” in Spain, two ATP 250 grass court tournaments, and the “Erste Bank Open”, an ATP 500 event in Vienna. On the DP World Tour, the company organizes the Mallorca Golf Open and the WPT Vienna Open in padel. The e|motion group is managed by the founders and owners Edwin Weindorfer and Herwig Straka.