The BMW Open is one of the oldest remaining events on the ATP Tour has held its inaugural edition over 120 years ago. Today, the ATP 250 competition is the first of 4 Tour events in Germany. This year, the event returns with a larger prize pool and a stellar player list including 2 Top 10 players. To learn more about the season-opening event in Germany, keep on reading
BMW Open Tennis Tournament
The BMW Open, also known as the BMW Open by American Express for sponsorship reasons, is an annual clay court tennis tournament set in the beautiful city of Munich, Germany. As an ATP-sanctioned event, the tournament is part of the ATP 250 series and it is the first of 4 Tour tournaments played in Germany. This year will mark the 86th edition of the event and the 33rd since the event’s current iteration as the BMW Open.
The tournament is venue at the MTTC Iphitos and it is one the few clay court events on the Tour. The title sponsors for the BMW Open are German luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW, as seen in the namesake, and American financial services provider, American Express.
|Tour category||ATP 250|
|Draw||28 S, 16 D|
BMW Open 2023 Results
In singles championship, The Danish Holger Rune successfully defend his title and defeated the Dutchman Botic Van De Zandschulp 2-1 (6-4, 1-6 and 7-6). Rune captures his 4th career title in his 7th final. It’s his first of the season. He saved 4 championship points after comeback fromm2-5 in final set against Zandschulp.
In double championship, Alexander Erler and Lucas Miedler captured their second tour-level title of the season together on Sunday when they overcome top seeds Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz in final. Title Holders defeated German pair in straight sets (6-3, 6-4).
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BMW Open History and Winners
As mentioned before, the BMW Open has a long history on the ATP Tour. The first-ever tournament was held in 1900, 123 years ago. Since its inaugural edition, the tournament has been held at the MTTC Iphitos which has been renovated and modernized through the years. Back then, the tournament was known as the Bavarian International Tennis Championships. Played on the grass court, the event has undergone slight changes. The tournament first started offering prize money in 1970 and 20 years later, in 1990, the event received its current name, the BMW Open. Today, the event is played on a clay court in the same MTTC Iphitos venue. Like many other Tour events, the BMW Open was canceled in 2020 when Covid-19 hit but it was revived the following year.
Throughout the many editions of the event, tennis icons that were some of the best players in all of tennis history have both played and won at the event. The list is extensive and it includes greats like Bob Hewitt, Roy Emerson, Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl, Thomas Muster, and Andre Agassi. Big Four members Roger Federer and Andy Murray have also won titles at the event. Budge Patty and Gottfried von Cramm hold the record for most titles at the event with 3 but Budge holds the title for most consecutive wins with 3 back-to-back titles.
|Year||Singles Champion||Doubles Champions|
|2023||Holger Rune||Alexander Erler / Lucas Miedler|
|2022||Holger Rune||Kevin Krawietz / Andreas Mies|
|2021||Nikoloz Basilashvili||Kevin Krawietz / Wesley Koolhof|
|2019||Cristian Garin||Frederik Nielsen / Tim Putz|
|2018||Alexander Zverev||Ivan Dodig / Rajeev Ram|
|2017||Alexander Zverev||Juan Sebastian Cabal|
BMW Open 2023 Prize Money
A total financial commitment of €630,705 was made for the 2023 edition, of which, €562,815 has been designated as the prize money. This is a very standard value and a slight increase compared to last year as in 2022, the total prize money was €534,555. A breakdown of the prize money has been given below.
The Munich Open 2023 Prize money distribution is
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||ATP Points|
BMW Open Draw
The event will have 28 singles and 16 doubles draws that will be released as the tournament progresses. 4 qualifiers will join 28 singles main draw entry in 1st round.
BMW Open 2023 Dates, Schedule
The BMW Open main draw will be held across a week from 17-23 April with a qualifying round set for the weekend prior; on the 15th and the 16th of April. A special Kids Day event is also set on the first day of the main draw matches, the 17th.
The schedule for the event is as follows:
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|17th April||Round 1||Round 1|
|18th April||Round 1||Round 1|
|19th April||Round 2||Round 1|
|20th April||Round 2||Round 1|
|21st April||Quarter Final||Quarter Final|
|22nd April||Semi Final||Semi Final|
BMW Open 2023 Players List
The list contains 2 Top 10 players, who are youngster trailblazers Holger Rune and Taylor Fritz. Holger Rune, who is currently at the top of his games and making history is no new face in Munich. The Dane will be returning to defend his title alongside last year’s runner-up Botic Van de Zandshulp. Taylor Fritz will also be returning to Munich after a few years. Ranked higher than ever, the no. 1 US player’s attendance will make it a tight competition. Seeded no. 4 Mattero Berritini is another familiar face as the Italian placed runner-up in 2019.
Most excitingly however, home favorite and 2-time titlist at Munich, Alexander Zverev has also been confirmed for the main draw. 2 more Germans will be playing on home ground: Jan-Lennard Struff and Oscar Otte who both received wildcards. Other notable players that will be present at the event include the no. 2 Argentinian Sebastian Baez, America’s Maxime Cressy, and Britain’s Jack Draper. Finishing off the list of confirmed players is former no. 3, US Open champion, and 2016 runner-up Dominic Thiem. Given this amazing list of top-class players of both the old and new generations, this edition of the BMW Open is bound to be one of the greatest in recent years.
Following is the BMW open singles players list as well as wild card entries and BMW Open Doubles main entry list:
|1||Holger Rune (champion 2022, 2023)||8|
|5||Botic Van de Zandschulp (runner-up)||31|
Singles Wild Card Entries
- Dominic Thiem
- Oscar Otte
- Jan-Lennard Struff
Doubles Main Entries
|1||Kevin Krawietz / Tim Pütz (runner-up)||47|
|2||Jackson Withrow / Nathaniel Lammons||68|
|3||John Peers / Marcelo Melo||78|
|4||Lucas Miedler / Alexander Erler (champions)||85|
BMW Open 2023 Tickets
- Buy BMW Open 2023 Tickets Online via Viagogo
A standard ticket applies per day of the event and there are no day/night sessions. Besides single tickets, a season package is also available that covers the entirety of the event, from the qualification rounds to the finals. Each ticket type includes special discounts. In certain seating arrangements, tickets will be discounted for children under 16, students, kids from 16-18, disabled people, and military/ civil service workers. 10 more ticket bulk purchases will also receive a discount on single tickets. For Kids Day on the 17th and during the qualification days; the 15th and 16th, entry will be free for kids under 16. Keep in mind only one discount is applicable at a time and kids under 6 are allowed free entry. VIP tickets offering a luxury Munich experience can also be purchased. Tickets start from €25.