Erste Bank Open Vienna receive ATP-500-licence for an unlimited period

In a tent, spectators will have the chance to watch the practice sessions of the players (photo: e-motion)

VIENNA, September 29, 2015

On Tuesday, the ATP officially confirms the awarding of a 500-licence to the tournament taking place at the Stadthalle in Vienna. Consequently, the Erste Bank Open 500 will not only take place in 2015, but also over the next few years.

Licence holders are the Austrian company e-motion as well as the Stadthalle in Vienna. “We are very happy concerning the tournament’s upgrade and the confirmation we received today. The Erste Bank Open 500 has become the sports event in Austria with the highest amount of prize money at stake,” told Kurt Gollowitzer, managing director of the tournament’s venue. The total financial commitment is € 2,324,045.

Kurt Gollowitzer (photo: Barbara Nidetzky)

Kurt Gollowitzer (photo: Barbara Nidetzky)

“The licence has been awarded for an unlimited period, so that we are able to plan in the long term. It was a long process but eventually all contracts are signed. Thanks to the support of the city of Vienna, Vienna Holding and the Stadthalle, the Erste Bank Open have become the ATP 500-event with the highest amount of prize money in Europe,” tournament director Herwig Straka points out and adds that the surface will switch from Opticourt to Rebound-Ace, which is considered to be as not too fast. The Swedish company Tretorn will provide the balls.

Two players, who will play in Vienna this October have recently claimed a title on the ATP World Tour. Milos Raonic (7th career title) defeated Joao Sousa in the final of the ATP 250 event in St. Petersburg, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lifted his 12th ATP trophy, as he defeated fellow-Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-6, 1-6, 6-2 on home soil at the Moselle Open in Metz.

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