Stan Wawrinka adds Grand Slam power to this year’s MercedesCup, while last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic will try to add Stuttgart victory to his resume.
“Stan the Man” will make his Stuttgart comeback at this year’s MercedesCup. In 2007, Wawrinka already reached the finals in Stuttgart (back then still held on clay), losing to Rafael Nadal in an epic match 6-4, 7-5.
This year’s edition of the MercedesCup will be held from 8-16 June 2019 and will see Warwinka’s debut on Stuttgart’s grass courts.
To date, Wawrinka has already collected three Grand Slam titles (Australian Open 2014, French Open 2015, US Open 2016), who has reached the no. 3 spot in the world as his career high in January of 2014. In Melbourne, the Swiss beat Rafael Nadal in the finals, while beating Novak Djokovic to claim the titles in Paris and New York.
This year, the 33-year old has already reached the finals of the ATP 500 tournament in Rotterdam. “Having reached the finals in 2007 I have fond memories of Stuttgart. Obviously, having changed the surface from clay to grass it is now a completely different tournament, but one I have only heard good things about. I’m excited about playing at the Weissenhof again”, explains Wawrinka.
Naturally, grass is one of the favorite surfaces of Canadian Milos Raonic. Last year he reached the finals in Stuttgart, in 2016 he did the same at Wimbledon. Raonic got off to a good start in 2019 reaching the quarter finals in Melbourne and has since climbed the world rankings to no. 14.
Tournament director Edwin Weindorfer is excited about Wawrinka’s commitment: “With his wins in Melbourne, Paris and New York he adds Grand Slam power to the MercedesCup. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament he hasn’t won yet. But maybe a good showing in Stuttgart will help him to achieve this goal. We are excited to have Stan Wawrinka back in Stuttgart after 12 years. The same goes for Milos Raonic, who is a favorite to win the title at every grass court event he participates. We are currently in talks with even more top players to offer our fans a great tournament roster once again.”