Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 11/13/14

STUTTGART, GERMANY - JULY 18: Fabio Fognini of Italy reacts during his match against Victor Hanescu of Romania during the MercedesCup at TC Weissenhof on July 18, 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
(July 13, 2013) Another sunny and hot day in Stuttgart began with a fully-packed program off the courts. In the morning, the organizers of the Mercedes Cup presented their “Vision 2015”, the year when the tournament’s surface will switch from clay to grass. Themed by “Mercedes Cup serves green”, a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony took place with tournament director Edwin Weindorfer along local politicians, sponsors, guests like Boris Becker and Toni Nadal as well as officials from the ATP and the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, which supports the replacement at the venue with their know-how during the next years “We were delighted when Stuttgart came very fast out of blocks in terms of expressing their interest in converting the tournament here from clay to grass,” said the club’s Chairman, Philip Brook. “We are very excited as Stuttgart will be a very important tournament ahead of the All England Championships.” The Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart has been the only candidate ...
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