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The ATP Stuttgart organisers, which I have just received per email, published just several minutes ago their statement about the delay of the RG tournament, which is discussed in following thread.
That's what they told officially and diplomatically. From what I've heard and read Weindorfer and co. are furious and upset by the egoist approach of the Slams once again despite the small tournaments sliding into bankruptcy.Stuttgart, April 8, 2021 - Surprised by the announcement of the organizers of the French Open to postpone the Grand Slam tournament in Paris by one week and to hold it now from May 30 to June 13, 2021, the e|motion group as organizer of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart showed up on Thursday. Surprised because the French Open hosts have presented the ATP or the ATP Tour Board with a fait accompli, although the postponement will now result in a date overlap with the grass court tournament at Stuttgart's Weissenhof, which is on the ATP calendar from June 5 to 13, 2021. In the coming days, the MercedesCup organizers will now evaluate the new situation with the ATP, TC Weissenhof and partners and sponsors.
"I would like to say in advance that we have created all the conditions for holding this year's MercedesCup. The grass courts at TC Weissenhof are in excellent condition and will be ready for play shortly. Due to the Corona pandemic, we are constantly confronted with new challenges, which currently demands great flexibility from the sports event industry. Nevertheless, we want to stick with the MercedesCup as the start of the grass season on the scheduled date of June 5-13," emphasizes MercedesCup tournament director and the CEO of the e|motion group, Edwin Weindorfer.