Ruben Bemelmans wins the MLP Cup 2020
Polish duo Kacper Zuk and Jan Zielinski win the doubles title
The 17th International Men's Tennis Champion of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region is Ruben Bemelmans. In a high-class three-set match, the tournament favourite secured the lead crystal trophy, the winner's prize money and 20 ATP world ranking points. It would be wrong to say that the experience of the two-time Davis Cup finalist was the decisive factor. Rather, the young 18-year-old Jonas Forejtek had to pay tribute to his previous matches. The number 1 of the ATP Junior World Ranking needed two more exhausting sets to reach the MLP Cup Final 2020 in the previous four matches. This was noticeable for the Czech in the third set, which the 14-year older Belgian was able to use to his advantage. After two hard-fought partial breaks in the first two rounds, the third set ended clearly with 6:2 and a happy winner, who was well aware of how much this match had been on a knife's edge in the second set. Accordingly, the winner praised his opponent, who was nevertheless disappointed. He would have liked to win in Nußloch. Nevertheless, the young up-and-coming talent with ambitions for the world seats proved to be a fair loser and congratulated his opponent Ruben Bemelmans, who will certainly meet again in higher-paying tournaments.
In the doubles, the Polish pairing of Kacper Zuk and Jan Zielinski proved superior. Only in the first round did the pair have to go into the champions' tiebreak, but then they didn't give their opponents a chance in the final either. The Germans Johannes Haerteis and Peter Heller said that "there was more in it", but still showed their respect for the superiority of the two Poles. Fairness was the top priority at this year's MLP Cup.
The organisers drew an extremely positive conclusion. The organisation - which has always been in the hands of young students and trainees - was brilliant and the MLP Cup was thus an educational contribution to the academic career of future sports economists and sports managers. An extremely committed team of helpers, including students from the tennis academy, made the event an experience for everyone involved. With a dignified award ceremony under the eyes of VIPs from the DTB, BTV, IC and local politics in the presence of more than 400 spectators, the MLP Cup 2020 closed and will go down in the history of this traditional tournament as one of the top weeks.
We would like to thank all those involved, especially the players for their excellent tennis, the media for their great reporting, the officials for their competent organisational support of the tournament and the numerous sponsors and supporters who were not only financially but also personally involved in the success of this sports week.
The MLP Cup 2019 has a winner! Congratulations to Botic van de Zandschulp from the Netherlands for the first place at the International Men's Tennis Championship of the Metropolregio
Rhein-Neckar. We also congratulate Peter Heller from Germany for the also great second place.
We would like to thank all spectators and partners of the MLP Cup for their interest and commitment. Without you, this great tournament would not be possible.
Frenchman Sadio Doumbia wins the 15th edition of the MLP Cup in the men's singles. We warmly congratulate him on this well-deserved success. We also congratulate Christopher Heyman (Belgium) on his second place.
Congratulations to Kevin Krawietz and Ruan Roelofse who beat Pedro Cachin and Daniel Masur 6-3 6-3 in the doubles final.
A quick left punch, 15cm taller and a tremendous will to win gave him the key advantage. For long periods of the match, it was an even battle. A dominant service game, just as absolute ball control distinguished both finalists. Although Daniel Masur consistently relied on changes of speed to force his lanky opponent into a corner, Moraing got rid of delicate situations by point-blank strokes, tightly over the net. Those "surprise attacks" paired with his powerful second serves eventually led to the impressive advantages in the tiebreaks, the pleasant left-hander won by 7:5 and 7:5 each.
Even if the spectators desired a third set they had to admit that Daniel Masur missed an appropriate opportunity against the Bundesliga-player from Rochusclub Düsseldorf. Richly deserved and predominant Mats Moraing gained the coveted 27 ATP ranking points, 3240€ prize money and a valuable leaded crystal trophy.
The spectators gladly showed respect for the "International tennis champion of the metropolitan area Rhine-Neckar" and finalist attending a worthy award ceremony until the end. On this accasion, tournament director Dr. Matthias Zimmermann gave Mr. and Mrs. Lautenschläger, Mayor Rühl as well as honorary guest Dr. Jobst Wellensiek the possibility to express thanks to all sponsors, the highly committed organisation team and the audience.
Fantastic tennis play in front of impressive settings and in the presence of local sports fans, sponsors, honorary guests and the media's commitment (thanks to Rhein-Neckar Newspapers, Rhein-Neckar Television and Mannheimer Morgen for coverage) are important motivators to make assiduous efforts in the forthcoming year to mount MLP-Cup 2018.