Why is the IPL tournament so long

SC 1880 & AMERON Neckarvillen International Premier League Masters (IPL) • Frankfurt am Main: Positive conclusion from the initiators for the entire tournament series: "We are extremely satisfied"

F.Rankfurt am Main. When Jan-Lennard Struff was asked at the beginning of the “International Premiere League” (IPL) how committed he was to the exhibition matches, he quickly protested. “These are not exhibition fights. Not for me, but neither for the other players, ”said Germany's number two. “I'm a mega fan of being fully focused on success. That's how I live my job. ”Struff, the 30-year-old from Warsteiner, was the most important athletic participant in the five-week tournament series that was spontaneously launched by the initiator trio around tournament director Andre Begemann, his wife Alessa and Julian Lenz in the Corona crisis was lifted. He was not only the star player of the IPL, the most familiar face next to Bayern's Philipp Kohlschreiber, he was also one of their biggest fans: “The organizers did it very, very well. You have given many professionals an important platform to work day in and day out. They deserve great respect for that. "

Day after day - strictly speaking, it was five weeks during which the IPL made a guest appearance in Halle-Westphalia and the Main metropolis of Frankfurt. The focus of the series was in Lindenstadt in East Westphalia, where it operated for four weeks under the title “International Premiere Lague presented by Merkur.” The final event, the fifth and last week, took place on the club grounds from August 24th to 28th of SC Frankfurt 1880 across the stage, naming here: "SC 1880 & AMERON Neckarvillen International Premier League Masters." In total, the prize money of 150,000 euros could be earned at both locations. The games were broadcast by the German branch of the specialist channel "Tennis Channel International."

Shortly before the finish of the IPL, on the last day of the tournament marathon, the makers were “happy and satisfied”: “It was an exciting, exhausting project that demanded everything from us. But we are very satisfied, mainly because the players are satisfied. Because they could do what they love again, namely play tennis, ”said Andre Begemann, the long-time German Davis Cup player. Begemann and Julian Lenz had primarily taken care of the actual tennis issues, including the commitment of professionals from Germany and many European countries. In the meantime, Alessa Begemann took care of the financial calculation and was responsible for a large part of the technical processing.

Both in HalleWestfalen and in Frankfurt am Main, the IPL managers reaped their activities in the agency Fever Sports GmbH bundle, praise and recognition for their commitment: “The IPL concept convinced me. Especially as an answer to the difficult situation in which tennis finds itself in the Corona crisis, ”explained Paul Gauselmann, founder and spokesman for the Gauselmann Group. One is very proud to have been a partner in a “great competition” like the IPL, said the sporting director of SC 1880 Frankfurt, Dominic Metzger, because “it was also an exciting time for our members to watch the top matches up close follow. We viewed the location decision for the Masters as recognition of our sustainable work over the past ten years. "

Gisbert J. Kern, the general manager of the player hotel AMERON Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique, praised the partnership of all involved: “This tournament series was also a living expression of solidarity in a challenging time. Helping each other - that's part of the DNA in a city like Frankfurt. ”The event also helped to accelerate the reopening and revitalization of the boutique hotel and the gastronomic offer.

In HalleWestfalen, during the almost one-month guest appearance of the “International Premier League”, the participants in the tournament series benefited almost naturally from the short, effective paths. There the professionals played both on the club complex of the TC Blau-Weiss Halle and on the indoor courts of the SPORTPARK HALLE in the immediate vicinity of the OWL ARENA and the four-star COURT HOTEL acted as a player's hotel.

The offer to play for the American tournaments on the hard court in the SPORTPARK HALLE was particularly attractive. One of the beneficiaries was - alongside Alexander Zverev - the second big climber in Germany in recent years, Halle's local hero Jan-Lennard Struff. "It was great that this opportunity existed," said the current number 34 in the world. "And that was an additional incentive to get involved." The success then followed in New York (USA) on foot: Struff reached the Cincinnati Masters (this year will be held in New York) for the first time in an ATP tournament in the 1000 category the quarterfinals. The "International Premier League" sent their regards.

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