Mercedes Cup: Venue

TC Weissenhof, StuttgartSTUTTGART, GERMANY - JULY 20: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves the ball to Juan Monaco of Argentinia during their match at the MercedesCup at TC Weissenhof on July 20, 2007 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Mercedes Cup venue, TC Weissenhof, is renowned for its exceptionally beautiful setting. Seventeen open-air clay courts are dotted around the park-like grounds, and apart from an attractive club house, there are shops and restaurants to tempt the hundreds of spectators who flock to TC Weissenhof each year in July for the Mercedes Cup.

Weissenhof was founded in 1894 as the Stuttgart Lawn Tennis Club, and as early as 1898 it hosted its first international tennis tournament. Prior to the First World War, the club moved to new premises at Muhlenbachhof and was re-named TC Weissenhof. Two years later, in 1916, the first complete international tennis tournament was held, called the International Weissenhofturnier.

The 1950s and 60s saw huge renovations to the club, including a new clubhouse and the famed centre court, where most recently Rafael Nadal has thrilled the crowds with his clay court prowess. The club has been the Mercedes Cup venue since 1978.

How to get to Weissenhof

  • By Air – Once at Stuttgart International Airport go to the local express station (S-Bahn) directly below the arrivals terminal. A 25-minute journey will take you to the main station in Stuttgart. Once there change to City Train U7, bound for Killesberg/Messe. Within five minutes you will be at the U7 terminus and from there it is an easy stroll to the venue.
  • By Train – At the Stuttgart Main Station change to the U7 train bound for Killesberg/Messe, from the Terminus it is a short walk to the TC Weissenhof. Estimated travel time is five minutes.
  • By Car – From Motorway A81 take the exit S-Feuerbach and follow the B295 (F’hrichstr / Steiermarkerstr / Bludenzerstr / Tunnelstr / Siemensstr) to Siemenstr. Turn right in the direction of the Messe Stuttgart, the ‘Exhibition Centre’ in English (Maybachstr / Stresemannstr ) At the Exhibition Centre turn right at the main crossing. The centre will be on your right. Get into the left lane and about 400m after a pedestrian bridge turn left at the traffic lights into Parlerstrasse. The TC Weissenhof is about 200m further down the road on the left.

The 31st Mercedes Cup will be held at TC Weissenhof in 2009 – get there, and if you can’t, wager a bet or two on who you think will claim the title and the coveted Mercedes Benz! For all the latest news and views on Mercedes Cup betting odds take a look at our betting guide and Mercedes Cup betting tips pages.