There’s a lot to do, and the work is already well underway: Construction of the new grass courts for the Bad Homburg Open began in early November, with two excavators coming to remove the old sand cover. Centre Court on the historic grounds of the TC Bad Homburg will be the heart of the future tournament complex – a “stage” in the idyllic Kurpark, where 3,500 spectators can experience exciting duels in summer.
Next to Centre Court, two Match Courts will be built, where 250 fans each will find their place. In addition, there are three high-quality training courts on the grounds of the Homburg gymnastics community. “We are very pleased that the work has begun,” says Bad Homburg’s mayor Alexander Hetjes, “this tournament, and Wimbledon’s offer, is like a gift for our city.”
The close cooperation between the Bad Homburg Open and Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) is also seen in the construction and maintenance of the courts: The head groundsman of the world’s most famous tournament, Neil Stubley, will regularly accompany and supervise the work. After removing the sand cover from the Match Courts and applying a new layer of soil, the next step will be seeding the grass.