Caroline Garcia dropped to the ground while clasping her hands in front of her face in disbelief after a great final in front of a sold out crowd: it seemed as if the winner of the Bad Homburg Open presented by Engel & Völkers 2022 couldn’t quite believe her luck yet.
The Frenchwoman then received the exclusive elephant trophy, whilst beaming with joy: “This title means so much to me. There was a great atmosphere here from day one, the stands were full, everyone was friendly. Something like this gives us players a lot of energy and cannot be taken for granted,” said Garcia after the 6:7 (5:7), 6:4, 6:4 victory against former US Open winner Bianca Andreescu (Canada) in the picturesque Kurpark.
The concept proved successful – sold out Centre Court and plenty of praise
The exciting final match played over 2:47 hours in front of 3,500 enthusiastic spectators on the Spielbank Bad Homburg Centre Court, was a worthy conclusion to an impressive tournament week. Emotions, Wimbledon flair and many highlights. The tournaments layout with the freely accessible matchcourts 1+2 and the Baloise Park Village, was met with great approval and already aroused anticipation among all participants for the third edition of the tournament in the summer of 2023.
Caroline Garcia and Bianca Andreescu also already announced their intention to take part again. “For many reasons, it feels like being at a tournament of the 1000 category. There’s just a super atmosphere,” said the former world number four from Canada, who was in her first WTA grass court final on Saturday.
Tournament ambassador Kerber is proud of her team – Lots of emotions
After winning the first set and then leading 4:2 in the second, Andreescu was unable to maintain her high level of play. Garcia fought back to the applause of the fans and forced a third set, in which the 2017 French Open quarter-finalist managed the decisive break for 3:2.
World No. 75 Garcia, who knocked out Sabine Lisicki in the quarter-finals, was clearly delighted to receive the elephant trophy from Premium Partner Ole Lynggaard: “This trophy is very different from the ones you get at other tournaments. I am very proud to have won it,” emphasised the 28-year-old from Saint-Germaine-en-Laye, who succeeded Angelique Kerber as the winner of the Bad Homburg Open presented by Engel & Völkers.
The defending champion was eliminated in the quarter-finals, nevertheless in her role as tournament ambassador she was highly satisfied with how the second edition of the tournament went: “I am really very proud of what the team has put together here. It was important for us to create a tennis experience for everyone: With Wimbledon flair, boutique character, festival atmosphere and a lot of emotions,” said the 2018 Wimbledon winner about the project.
Your Bad Homburg Open Team