The Stuttgart Open, also known as the BOSS Open due to its sponsorship by Hugo Boss since 2022, is a professional tennis tournament belonging to the ATP Tour’s 250 series. Initially, from 1970 to 1989, it was part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit. Then, it became an ATP Championship Series tournament from 1990 to 1999. In 2000, the Championship Series was renamed ATP International Series Gold, and the Stuttgart Open was included in this category during 2000-2001 and 2003-2008. In 2002, it was temporarily downgraded to the ATP International Series, which was later renamed the ATP Tour 250 in 2009, and it has maintained this classification ever since.
Originating in Stuttgart, Germany, the Stuttgart Open has been held since 1916. Initially, the tournament took place on clay courts, but in 2015 it switched to grass courts. Additionally, the tournament’s scheduling changed, and it now occurs in the week following the conclusion of the French Open.
During its sponsorship by Mercedes-Benz, the champions of the tournament were not only awarded prize money but also received a Mercedes car as an additional prize.
Here is a look at the five most successful men’s champions of the Stuttgart Open.
Rafael Nadal Parera, a Spanish tennis player, is currently ranked No. 136 in singles by the ATP. He held the No. 1 spot for 209 weeks and finished as year-end No. 1 five times. Nadal has a record-breaking 912 consecutive weeks in the Top 10. With 22 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, including a record 14 French Open titles, and 92 ATP singles titles (36 of them Masters titles on clay courts), he is one of two men to achieve the Career Golden Slam. Nadal is part of the dominant trio, along with Federer and Djokovic. Known for his powerful left-handed forehand, he has received awards for sportsmanship and philanthropy, representing Spain in international competitions.
Matteo Berrettini, an Italian tennis player, has reached world No. 6 in singles by the ATP and No. 105 in doubles. He has won seven ATP Tour singles titles and two doubles titles. Berrettini’s best performance came in the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, where he reached the singles final. He has also reached the quarterfinals or better in all four major tournaments, becoming the first man born in the 1990s and the first Italian man to achieve this. Berrettini is known for his aggressive game style, powerful serve, and heavy topspin forehand. He uses his backhand slice and net skills to complement his overall game.
Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten, a former Brazilian tennis player, reached the top spot as world No. 1. He achieved notable victories, winning the French Open singles title three times and becoming the Tennis Masters Cup champion in 2000. Throughout his career, he earned a total of 20 singles and 8 doubles titles. Kuerten faced several injury setbacks, resulting in his absence from many tournaments between 2002 and 2008. After undergoing hip surgeries and unsuccessful comeback attempts, he retired from professional tennis in 2008. In recognition of his achievements, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. Additionally, Kuerten had the honor of being a torchbearer for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Thomas Muster, an Austrian former professional tennis player, achieved great success in the 1990s. Renowned for his exceptional performance on clay courts, he earned the title of “The King of Clay” during his prime. Muster’s crowning achievement came in 1995 when he triumphed at the French Open, becoming the first Austrian to win a Grand Slam singles title. His dominance extended beyond the clay surface, as he also secured eight Masters 1000 Series titles. Notably, Muster joined an elite group of players who have won prestigious titles on clay, hardcourt, and carpet, solidifying his status as a versatile and accomplished player in the world of tennis.
Attila Korpás, a former professional tennis player, hails from Hungary and Germany. He initially represented Hungary in the Davis Cup in 1965. However, by the 1970s, he began playing under the West German flag. Korpás achieved a notable victory over Jimmy Connors in Nice in 1972. In 1973, he reached the quarter-finals at the Berlin and Dutch Opens. He participated in the French Open three times, with his best performance being in 1974 when he reached the third round. Korpás had a successful career, showcasing his talent and skill on both national and international tennis stages.
Most successful men’s Stuttgart Open champions
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