• Dusseldorf pre-French Open event killed by no sponsorship

    12/14/10 5:08 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Dusseldorf pre-French Open event killed by no sponsorship German tennis has suffered another heavy blow only two years after the elimination of Hamburg as a Masters 1000 event as the World Team Championships in Dusseldorf died for 2011 due to a lack of sponsorship.

    The elimination of the pre-French Open tournament ends what was considered to be second most prestigious men‘s team competition in tennis after the Davis Cup.

    The clay event had been held in the northern German city since 1978, with winners including Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Boris Becker, all playing for their nations. In the final last May, Argentina beat the US.

    "We are all very sad, but it is a fact that a club alone cannot organize a tournament of that magnitude," said tournament official Horst Klosterkemper, idea-man more than three decades ago for the competition. "This is why with a heavy heart we decided not to stage the tournament. The financial hole and the risk linked to it were too great."

    Tournament director Dietloff von Arnim said the financial risk of staging the tournament without a sponsor was just too massive. "We couldn't take the financial risk, the gap in our budget was simply too large."

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