Before the grass court classic in Wimbledon, the finalists had their dress rehearsal in Bad Homburg, Eastbourne and on Mallorca. On the sunny island, Stefanos Tsitsipas secured the title after a hard-fought duel against Roberto Bautista Agut.
A break in the first set was enough for the Greek to take the match – and he was also ahead with a break in the second, but then there was a drop in performance, which Bautista-Agut used to turn the tide. It almost went the same way in the third set, where the Spaniard also made up a break, but in the end Tsitsipas prevailed in the tie-break and celebrated the ninth tournament victory of his career with a 6:4, 3:6, 7:6 (7:2) – his first on grass. The world number six is seeded number four in Wimbledon and will meet the Swiss qualifier Alexander Ritschard in the first round.
Successful dress rehearsals for Kvitova and Garcia
Petra Kvitova was in good form at the WTA tournament in Eastbourne. The Czech defeated Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia in the final in two sets (6:3, 6:2) and celebrated a successful dress rehearsal before the start in Wimbledon.
The match was closer in Bad Homburg, where Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Canada) and Lisicki’s opponent Caroline Garcia faced each other in the final. In the end, the pendulum swung in favour of the Frenchwoman, who turned the tables after losing the first set and won the title in three sets 6:7 (5:7), 6:4 and 6:4. 28-year-old Garcia converted her first match point after 2:46 hours and secured her eighth tournament victory on the WTA Tour.