By Florian Heer
(April 26, 2014) MUNICH – The 99th edition of the International Bavarian Tennis Championships, the BMW Open by FWU AG kicked off with the official main draw ceremony at Munich’s international airport, right between the two terminals.
The tournament’s second seed, Tommy Haas and junior world No. 1 , Sascha Zverev, two German players attended the opening. The 36-year-old from Hamburg, who receives a bye in the first round of the 28-players-draw, is looking forward to defending his title in Bavaria’s capital.
“I have already practiced here in Munich for a couple of days and it went well,” Haas said at the airport. “It has already been a long time ago that I played a tournament, so it’s time for me to prepare for competition. During a match a lot of things can happen but I’m pretty confident that everything will work well and I know what I have to do to show my best tennis,” the German veteran was optimistic about playing his first Tour event since he lost to Roger Federer at the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells in March.
Saturday’s first round qualifying matches took place at the venue of the Iphitos Club in sunny conditions. The only player aiming to qualify for the main draw within the top-100, Jan-Lennard Struff, defeated Mirza Basic 6-3, 6-4 in only 78 minutes.
The only seeded player, who had to go the distance was Tomaz Bellucci. The world No. 109 from Sao Paulo had to work hard eventually overcoming Austrian Bastian Trinker 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in almost two hours. “Bastian served pretty well today, so it was tough for me to return,” Bellucci said afterwards. “The first match of a tournament is always tough. You’re not at hundred percent but the most important thing is the victory in the end. My ranking is not that good at the moment and so I have to battle through the qualification but I’m trying to get back. So my motivation is to play my best tennis,” the Brazilian added.
Second-seeded Albert Ramos on the other hand was untroubled in his match today. The Spaniard needed only 55 minutes to cruise into next round winning 6-2, 6-1 against German Wild Card Adrian Olbert, who played his very first ATP World Tour event. “I played a good match today,” the world number 103 from Barcelona stated afterwards. “I played a lot of matches during the last couple of weeks, so I’m really happy to advance into the next round,” Ramos said.
All of the other seeded players advanced into the next round and will continue their battle for a spot in the main draw on Sunday.
Adrian Obert is playing his very first ATP World Tour event.
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