February 13 - February 19, 2017
Rotterdam: the Wimbledon of indoor tennis? Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe contested their first final against one another in the Dutch port city, one year before their famous Centre Court clash. The champion's name is inscribed at the tournament venue right after the final point, just like at Wimbledon. And it's one of the few non-Slam tour stops to also conduct a wheelchair tournament. Dutch tennis greats Richard Krajicek and Esther Vergeer—both former Wimbledon champions—are the tournament directors. Still, there are differences, like the use of player entrance music. "It's composed especially for the tournament by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra," says Krajicek. Now that's how you put your own stamp on things.