BMW Open by FWU AG 2015

6. Gennaio 2015

Andy Murray wins his first clay-court title – gripping finale to the 2015 BMW Open by FWU AG – Murray exits center court in Lederhosn and with a brand new BMW i8

Event organizer, sponsors and host club very pleased with the anniversary tournament

Munich. He didn't let the rain hold him back, nor Philipp Kohlschreiber either. Andy Murray won the BMW Open by FWU AG tournament at his very first appearance – it was, in fact, the first clay title for the number three in the world. The Scot impressed the 36,174 spectators with his attitude and, of course, his style of play. The final was a gripping, evenly-matched encounter where only a few small nuances separated the two.  At the courtside presentation ceremony, the spectators cheered as Andy Murray began to change into the Lederhosn that the organizer, Michael Mronz, had given him as a new tournament tradition, and was in the best of spirits as he emerged to the sounds of Bavarian folk music.

The decisive moment that allowed the strong server Murray to take out the first set was a mini-break at 5:4 in the tie break. Kohlschreiber fought back in the second set to earn a service break and a 6:5 lead before taking out the set in an impressive manner and getting back into the match. The third set was also evenly matched until the tie break when Andy Murray succeeded in converting his second match ball: "It was a difficult and tight game; Philipp served very well. He really mixes up his play", said Murray in praise of the two-time tournament champion, "it's just incredible that I was able to win at my first appearance in Munich.“ The Scot took possession of not only the trophy, prize money and Lederhosn, but also the winner's car, a brand new BMW i8, which he immediately took for a test drive on the court.

Andy Murray's lap of honor in the BMW i8 was watched by the defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber with tears in at least one eye: "That's not so great for me. It's a bitter feeling to lose when there's a car like that to win. We played the match on a level footing and I forced Andy to play his best tennis. But he came out the better player in the decisive points. I'd also like to thank the wonderful spectators who waited so patiently in the rain yesterday and then returned to the MTTC Iphitos tennis stadium today”. And the sun did come out again for them in the end.

Alexander and Mischa Zverev from Hamburg also had a wonderful tournament. The pair's winning run finally came to an end in the doubles final at the hands of the top-seeded pair Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares. The brothers lost 6:4, 1:6 and 5:10 in their first final on the professional circuit. For Peya/Soares, it was their eleventh joint title.

Organizers and partner report a very positive result

The various people responsible for the 2015 BMW Open by FWU AG were very pleased with how the tournament week unfolded, even though the final had to be completed on the Monday. “It was a perfect anniversary tournament. Our collaboration with the organizers worked out really well, the field of players was very strong, and all of us at BMW are extremely pleased to have been able to deliver top class tennis in Bavaria for many years now“, said Peter van Binsbergen, Head of Sales and Marketing at BMW Group Germany. And Dr. Manfred J. Dirrheimer, CEO of the FWU Group, added: “Apart from the weather, this has been the best tournament since we became involved with the BMW Open by FWU AG. And I am already looking forward to another wonderful tournament next year.”

This general satisfaction with the tournament can surely also be attributed to the outcome of the matches during the 2015 BMW Open by FWU AG. Everybody was hoping for a dream final between Andy Murray and Philipp Kohlschreiber – and they got it: “All the players here showed great character and gave their all from the very first game. This indicates to me that the players have adopted our tournament as their own. While there have been two parallel tournaments in progress this week, the BMW Open by FWU AG attracted the best field by far”, in the opinion of the Tournament Director, Patrik Kühnen.

Peter Bosch, Chairman of the host club MTTC Iphitos, is particularly pleased with how the tournament has developed over recent years: “We have achieved all the objectives of our “BMW Open Plus” project to-date, for example to bring a top five player to Munich, and to establish a social events calendar. But we are, of course, continuing to look towards the future.”

So too Michael Mronz, who organized his second BMW Open by FWU AG together with his team from the MMP Veranstaltungs- und Vermarktungs GmbH: “We have grown together as a team over the past two years. We really enjoy being here in Munich, and hope to accomplish quite a lot in future as well. This year we were able to sign up the number three in the world, Andy Murray. Players like him fit our philosophy, because he stated right from the outset that we wanted to will.”

Photo (authority: BMW) left to right:
Andy Murray (BMW Open by FWU AG 2015 Winner)
Peter van Binsbergen (Head of Sales and Marketing BMW Group Germany)