Rotterdam Open Facts and Trivia
The Rotterdam Open, currently named the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament due to sponsorship, is an ATP 500 series event. Mid-February is the typical time slot for Rotterdam. This makes the indoor hard court event the first ATP 500 event of the year. Welcome to our Rotterdam Open facts and trivia page.
Rotterdam Open Facts
In the Beginning…
1972 saw the first Rotterdam Open take place. It was won by Arthur Ashe of US Open stadium fame. This first edition was held in November, but the decision was soon made to switch to March. This meant that the there was no tournament in 1973 as it would have been too soon after the 1972 tournament.
Being Part of it All
When it first started, the Rotterdam Open was part of the World Championship Tennis circuit. In 1978 the event became part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit. It stayed as such for the next twelve years when, in 1990, it became an ATP Tour event.
The current holder of the record for most Rotterdam Open titles lies with the aforementioned Arthur Ashe. Ashe won three titles in ’72, ’75, and ’76. Stefan Edberg, Nicolas Escudé, Krajicek, and Robin Söderling sit joint-second on this list with two titles each.
In addition to the 500 ranking points on offer to the winner as part of the ATP 500 series, the prize money total sits at €1,478,855.
The Rotterdam Open takes place at Ahoy Rotterdam, a convention centre and arena that has been open since 1950.
The 1984 Rotterdam Open final had to be stopped after an anonymous telephone call warning of a bomb at the venue. Police searched the arena but found no bomb. Despite leading Jimmy Connors 6–0, 1–0, Ivan Lendl refused to resume the match and the tournament ended with no official winner.
Two time Rotterdam Open champion, Richard Krajicek, became the director of the tournament in 2004.
The 2012 edition of the tournament was attended by a record 115,894 people.
On the Surface
Though presently a hard court tournament, the Rotterdam Open was played on a carpet court until 1992.
That’s all your Rotterdam Open facts for now. If you know of any interesting information that should be on here, feel free to drop a comment below. We’ll keep the page updated.