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Hanfmann wins toilet paper at German exhibition
Published May 04, 2020
As the world continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, pro tennis returned in limited fashion last week with the Tennis Point Exhibition in Germany. Short sets to four were played, and a champion was crowned, just like the good old days.
Take a look at some of the sights from the closed-door event.
Yannick Hanfmann raised his arms as he claimed the first behind closed doors Tennis-Point Exhibition Series event. The world No.143 defeated Dustin Brown in the best of shortened format, 4-2, 4-0.
Hanfmann was awarded a roll of toilet paper and a tennis ball with No. 1 written on it as his trophy. The makeshift trophy was given to Hanfmann by a gentleman who wore gloves and a mask. The German was still all smiles after his dominating performance.
With no plans to bring live tennis back, it was Brown alongside Rodney Rapson, the managing director for Playsight that brought the event to fruition. Although Brown acknowledged it was strange to play without fans, he was excited and happy to be back on the court competing, and even hit some trick shots.
World No. 327 Jan Choinski had an overall successful four days. He picked up five wins and only lost to eventual champion Hanfmann and Brown.
The fast-four format is certainly anything but typical but it made for more non-stop action. “Watching Fast4 and Laver Cup, there’s never any dull moments in the game,” Brown said.
More live tennis from Germany is coming soon as the four-day event was just Part of a three-part series. Matches will resume May 7-10 and May 14-17.