Erste Bank Open Vienna - History, Betting Odds and Favourites to Win



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Vienna is the Capital City of the landlocked European country Austria and lies between the foothills of the Alps and the Carpathians. The city is a metropolitan with more than 3 million inhabitants and is an important destination on the ATP World tour, as big names from the world turn their attention to the Vienna Open, which is played in the months of October and November. Legends like Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray all have earned themselves a special place on the Honour Roll of this event.


The Vienna Open tennis tournament is played indoors on blue hard courts.Location:

The Vienna Open is annually held at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. It has always been played indoors since its inception.


History:

Vienna Open was originally an event of the Grand Prix Tennis Circuit which started in 1974. Till 1989, it remained a part of the Grand Prix Circuit. In 1990, the event was added to the ATP World Series Category, which it maintained till 1995 before achieving the status of the ATP Championship Series. Since 2015, it has been played as an ATP tour 500 tournament.


Name:

The event has had different names over the years for various reasons. In its early years, it was known as the Stadt Halle Open because of the name of the arena where it was played. Fischer Sports remained its Sponsor in the 1980s, and the event was called Fischer Grand Prix till 1985. Later on, it was named the CA-Tennis Trophy and BA-CA Tennis Trophy before being named Bank Austria tennis trophy in 2008. Since 2011, Erste Bank has been the title sponsor, and the tournament is globally famous as Erste Bank Open.


Austrian Players:

Austria's most successful tennis player Thomas Muster has never been able to win the event, though he came within touching distance on three occasions (finished as second best in all three finals). Austrian players who have managed to get their hands on the glorious Vienna Open Trophy are Horst Skoff, Jurgen Melzer, and Dominic Thiem.


Courts and Surface:

It has been played on Hard Courts for the most part, but between 1976 and 1999, it featured polymeric carpet courts. These carpet courts were relatively faster, and players had to adapt to them accordingly. In the year 2000, Vienna Open switched back to the Hard Courts. It is worth mentioning that the usage of Carpet Courts in ATP tour competitions ended in the year 2009.

Vienna Open has featured Men's Singles and Men's Doubles Category competitions since 1974.


Past Champions:

Vitas Geruliaitis was the first champion in the event's history, while Alexander Zverev is the current champion after he defeated Frances Tiafoe in the final.

Brian Gottfried has been the most successful player in the tournament's history, with 4 Vienna Open Titles. Roger Federer won two back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003. Other players who won the Vienna Open twice include Andy Murray, Ivan Ljubicic, Tomy Haas, Stan Smith, and Jurgen Melzer.

Novak Djokovic participated and won the title in 2007 after defeating Stan Wawrinka by 6-4 and 6-0. In the doubles category, the Colombian pair of Juan Sebastian and Robert Farah are the defending champions.


2022 Erste Bank Open:

The 2022 Erste Bank Open Tennis Tournament is scheduled between October 24th and October 30th, 2022. The world number one, Daniil Medvedev, and the world number two, Alexander Zverev, are the top-seeded players in the event. Number 7-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas and Former Champion Dominic Thiem will also be in action at the 2022 Erste Bank Open.


Tournament Details:

Total Prize Money: €2,349,180
Surface: Hard court
Country: Austria