German Open Tennis Tournament
Silence descends on the court as the player prepares to serve; the whole crowd seem to be holding their collective breath. The ball hurtles across the court and the opposing player bounces from one foot to the other in anticipation then drives the ball back over the net and scores a point. For fans of tennis, matches can be nerve-wracking but exhilarating.
The German Open Tennis Tournament is part of the ATP tour series that sees many well known names in the tennis world competing against each other, so you are guaranteed to spot someone famous. And last year’s singles winner Fabio Fognini will no doubt be on hand to defend his title. A quick bit of trivia, the man who has won the most singles titles at this tournament is Swiss player Roger Federer.
An attention-grabbing side event is the Lombardium Classics match and this year promises to be a blinder with tennis legend Pat Cash going up against the equally legendary Michael Stich.
The stadium is only a short walk from the Alster Lake and there are some lovely gardens if you need a break from the tense excitement of the courts. If you are looking for some refreshment the suburb of Rothenbaum has loads of great eateries.
Try La Mirabelle on Bundesstrasse which serves up delicious French style food. Or perhaps if you are looking for something a little more German try Brodersen for reasonably priced, home cooked food. You will find many of the local residents frequent this place and you can’t get a better recommendation than that.
The Tennis Stadium at Rothenbaum is a little way out of Hamburg but it only takes around 10 minutes on the U1 train from Hauptbahnhof Süd. Alternatively, you can get the 109 bus, again from the Hauptbahnhof, which will take a bit longer at 23 minutes.