Hamburg Ladies & Gents Cup Attracts International Tennis Stars To The Hanseatic City

Hamburg Ladies & Gents Cup (photo: Witters)

HAMBURG, October 6, 2023

In less than 10 days, Hamburg will once again become the focal point of the international tennis scene, following the prestigious Rothenbaum tournament held in July. This time, the Hanseatic city will host the stars of the ATP Challenger Tour and the top female players of the ITF World Tennis Circuit for the second edition of the Hamburg Ladies & Gents Cup.

From October 15 to 22, the Hamburg Ladies & Gents Cup 2023 will take place at the headquarters of the Hamburg Tennis Association in Hamburg-Horn. This event is unique in Germany as it combines both men’s and women’s tournaments at this level of professional tennis. The men will compete for a total prize money of €36,000, while the women’s tournament will have a total prize pool of $60,000.

At the Challenger event, the entry list is led by Dennis Novak, the current world number 194 in the ATP rankings. The 30-year-old Austrian is one of eight players from the top 250 competing as title favorites. The two-time Rothenbaum champion Nikoloz Basilashvili (ATP 396) is part of the qualifying list. The 31-year-old Georgian is  a two-time Hamburg European Open champion winning the title in 2018 and 2019. Among the German players, Henri Squire (ATP 265/Duisburg) and local talent Marvin Möller (ATP 371) will also compete.

In the women’s tournament, fans can look forward to several local favorites. The participation of Noma Noha Akugue (WTA 162) and Ella Seidel (WTA 256) is highly anticipated. Noha Akugue, who reached the final of the Hamburg European Open in July, returns to the city for another top-tier event. The 19-year-old tennis prodigy from Club an der Alster will aim to secure her second title on the Pro Circuit after her victory at an ITF World Tennis Tour event in Cairo, Egypt, last year. Additionally, at least three more German players, including Mona Barthel (Bad Segeberg/WTA 285), Julia Middendorf (Vechta/WTA 362), and Stephanie Wagner (Amberg/WTA 614), are expected to compete. The top seed for the women’s event is Spain’s Jessica Bouzas Maneiro (WTA 129), and former Rothenbaum champion Elena Gabriela Ruse (WTA 185) from Romania will also return to Hamburg.

Excitement for International Tennis Stars

“The player fields are nearly finalized, and we are delighted with the strong lineup,” said tournament director Björn Kroll. “We organize these tournaments especially for our German players, and it’s great to see how eagerly they accept this opportunity and come to Hamburg to play international tennis.”

Christoph Holstein, State Secretary for Sports in Hamburg, also expressed his enthusiasm: “With the Hamburger Ladies & Gents Cup, we are hosting another high-profile tennis tournament in the Active City, alongside the Rothenbaum tournament. Players who have already shined on the big tour will offer attractive tennis, and the stars of tomorrow will also make their mark. Among them is our local talent Noma Noha Akugue, who sensationally reached the final at Rothenbaum, as well as Elena Gabriela Ruse from Romania, who defeated Andrea Petkovic in the Rothenbaum final in 2021. On the men’s side, two-time Rothenbaum champion Nikoloz Basilashvili will be participating. There’s no doubt: The Hamburger Ladies & Gents Cup further enhances Hamburg’s status as a tennis hub in Germany.”

Top-Quality Tennis for Freep

Visitors can look forward to high-quality international tennis, with free admission throughout the entire tournament week. Additionally, from October 5 to 8, two Wild Card events with €6,000 in prize money each will take place. The winners will not only receive a cash prize and valuable points for the German rankings but also earn spots in the qualifying rounds of the subsequent professional tournament.