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Ressort: Events, Sport, Tourismus, Kitzbühel Tourismus - EN
Datum: 12.5.2015
Ort: Kitzbühel

Tennis Euphoria in the Gamsstadt

Kitzbühel will host the Davis Cup duel between Austria and the Netherlands from the 17th until the 19th July. The “town of the chamois” (Gamsstadt) managed to beat three other competitors to become the venue for the international match and with the Generali Open taking place two weeks after the Davis Cup (2 – 8 August), it now feverishly awaits an exhilarating summer of tennis.

 

 

There has been an air of international competitive spirit in Kitzbühel ever since it became clear that the first Davis Cup duel to take place on home soil in three and a half years was going to be held in the Gamsstadt. After six away games in a row, Austria’s tennis fans can once again support the men’s team in their own country. According to the Austrian Tennis Federation (ÖTV), there were both economic and structural reasons for choosing Kitzbühel as the venue for the event. For tournament organisers, centred around Herbert Günther and Vice President Markus Bodner, an exceptional summer of tennis is now on the agenda: “We are obviously extremely pleased that the Austrian Tennis Federation has expressed its confidence in us and are looking forward to working in partnership with the ÖTV to host the Davis Cup. A big thank you, at this point, goes to ÖTV President, Robert Groß, and CEO, Thomas Hammerl”, expresses organiser Herbert Günther with delight. “For us this is the beginning of a long-term partnership in which we aim to further strengthen Kitzbühel as a tennis location,” Günther says. Vice President Markus Bodner adds: “In any event, we want to look at our long-term future, beyond the Generali Open, and host Davis Cup matches as well as junior and senior tournaments. We see the Davis Cup as an investment into Kitzbühel as a tennis location.” This will be the first time a Davis Cup home game has taken place in Tyrol since September 2007: “We hope, above all, that Tyrolean tennis fans will take advantage of this opportunity to watch the match. It is important for Tyrolean tennis that Kitzbühel becomes a stronger name as a venue for tennis competitions”, says Bodner. 

 

With the Netherlands coming to challenge Austria, the tourism side of this international game is also a significant aspect. “The start of this partnership could not be any better than the game between Austria and the Netherlands, since the Dutch are already much loved guests across the entire region, as well as far beyond Kitzbühel’s borders. We are therefore expecting an electric atmosphere, an enthusiastic audience, which we have come to expect at the Generali Open, and a great number of visitors. Quite simply, an international fighting spirit!” Bodner explains. “We hope the Austrian as well as the many Dutch fans will rise to the occasion.”

The Province of Tyrol, the City of Kitzbühel and Kitzbühel Tourism are also involved in plans to boost Kitzbühel as a tennis location. “We are pleased and grateful to have been able to convince the public sector of our ideas in such a short time and to have been able to infect them with our ‘tennis bug’”, says organiser Herbert Günther.

 

Just two weeks after the Davis Cup match, Austria’s biggest clay court tournament, the Generali Open in Kitzbühel (2-8 August), enters its 71st year. Last year, 36,400 enthusiastic tennis fans celebrated a true tournament festival. For the first time in many years, the final of the ATP 250 tournament will again be broadcast live on Austria’s main television network. Ticket sales for the Davis Cup home match in Kitzbühel will begin shortly, with the option of three-day tickets, day passes and VIP tickets. All information will be available on the Austrian Tennis Federation website (www.oetv.at).

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Kitzbühel will host the Davis Cup duel between Austria and the Netherlands from the 17th until the 19th July.

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