The BMW Open is one of the first men’s tennis championships. It has been held in Munich since 1900. Since then, many changes have taken place in both the rules and the organisation of the Bavarian tournament. First of all, changes affected the courts. Initially, the matches were played on grass, but later the courts were changed to clay.
The date of the tournament was also affected. Over the years, the championships have been repeatedly moved from autumn to spring and back again. In the new history, the international competition in Munich takes place in the last week of April. Sometimes the playing days are moved to early May
Until 1970, the Bavarian championships were closed to amateurs. Only professionals, members of the local tennis club, were allowed to participate. This is why the history of the BMW Open dates back to the early 1970s. Since then, the winner of the international tournament not only receives cash prizes and points, but also an expensive BMW car.
Since 2009, the Bavarian championships have been run as the ATP 250. The prize pool amounts to around half a million euros. The competition schedule is designed to ensure that all singles and doubles play-offs are played over seven match days. A total of 28 singles and 16 teams are competing in Munich.
The first winner in 1970 was a legendary Romanian tennis player by the name of Ion Ziriac. In the final, he defeated Nikola Pilic of Yugoslavia. It should be noted that only a handful of players have conquered the Bavarian title more than once in the tournament’s history. Nikolay Davydenko, Franco Schigliari, Philipp Kohlschreiber and several other players are among the lucky ones. Winners include Tommy Haas, Tomas Berdych, Roger Ferderer and many others.
In the doubles category, the Bavarian prize went to Spanish tandem Munoz-Orantes for the first time.
The list of participants in the BMW Open tennis tournament 2022 has not yet been published. The tournament will be held from 16.08.2022 to 21.08.2022, venue: Munich, Germany.
The entry list for the Munich 2021 tournament was not very representative. Only one top-10 player, Sascha Zverev, and another top-30 player, Kasper Ruud, played in the tournament. Aslan Karatsev was also planning to play in Munich. But after a hard week in Belgrade he decided to withdraw from the BMW Open.
Draw for BMW Open 2022
The draw for the BMW Open 2022 has not yet taken place. Look out for details of the 2022 draw closer to the tournament start date.
Prize money and ranking points for the 2022 BMW Open
The total prize pool for the 2022 BMW Open is €534,555. There are no details yet on how the prize pool for the 2022 event will be structured.