What a crazy story: last Sunday, the Argentinean Leonardo Mayer was perceived as being on his departure form Hamburg after he lost the quali final against the 16-year old Rudi Molleker. And now, exactly one week later, after his 6-4, 4-6 and 6-4 victory, “Leo” held up the German Open trophy 2017.
The final between the two Mayers was rather gripping. At the beginning, the Argentinean was a bit more in control and captured the 1-0 lead by winning the first set 6-4. Then, in the second set, the German Mayer ensured the fans’ cheers. Although he was 2-3 down – and had six break points against him – he succeeded in capturing the set 6-4. Thus, the third set had to decide which was dominated by the Argentinean who just marched through from 3-3 to 6-4.
Leonardo Mayer is the first lucky loser in the history of tennis, who won an ATP 500 event. After converting the match point, he immediately went to see his girlfriend Milagros Aventin and his six-months old baby son Valentino. “I am always happy to play on this court. My son and my girlfriend are a special motivation,” the winner said with a huge smile and tears of joy.
However, also Florian Mayer wrote his own big story. The 33-year old experienced player showed great tennis during the entire week and delighted the Hamburg crowd. During the victory ceremony, the pleasant “Flo” said: “I am overwhelmed, even though I didn’t win. It was an incredible week for me. The spectators unbelievably supported me. I have left my heart on this court. It was huge fun for me and I hope that I will come back to Hamburg.
The tournament director Michael Stich was also proud about the bulging Centre Court: “We just have fantastic tennis fans which is a huge signal for our tournament.”
Croat pairing wins doubles title
The  had been added next to Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic since the start of the week. The Croatian duo were the top seeds at Rothenbaum – and also lived up to it. On their way to the final, they eliminated Paire/Vasselin, Mirnyi/Nestor and Peralta/Zeballos in two sets, respectively.
Also the final was a quite clear matter because the two Croats displayed a really strong performance. At the end, the score board read 6-3, 6-4 against the number two seeds Pablo Cuevas/Marc Lopez.
The tournament director Michael Stich was very taken with the doubles: “This year, we got to see great tennis in the doubles competition. Both duos really played a great final match.” Also Ivan Dodig was thrilled: “It is a wonderful tournament here in Hamburg. It’s exactly the way we players like it. A huge thank you to the ball kids, umpires, linesmen, organisers, sponsors – all the people involved.”
Thank you German Open at Hamburg Rothenbaum!