UTS, the revolutionary tennis league, has now revealed the line-up and the location of the second stage of its 2023 season, taking place at the Süwag Energie Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, from September 15th to 17th.
Three players already announced for the July event in Los Angeles are also in the field for Frankfurt : Nick ‘King’ Kyrgios from Australia, Gaël ‘La Monf’ Monfils from France and Diego ‘El Peque’ Schwartzman from Argentina.
But tennis fans can add four other names to the list and get ready for the show, as Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev from Russia, Benoît Paire from France and Reilly Opelka from the USA are also set to be involved. An eighth name, picked from the most successful on the men’s tour, will be revealed shortly.
The nicknames of the Frankfurt UTS players are the following :
- Daniil Medvedev « The Chessmaster » in reference to his tactical skills
- Andrey « Rublo » Rublev in reference to his playful soul
- Benoît Paire « The Rebel » because he is a typical Frenchman
- Reilly Opelka « The Bot » in reference to his powerful serve
Medvedev, the world No. 1 during much of the 2022 season, has already experienced UTS on clay in 2021. He lost in the round robin stage, making one of his most infamous quotes about the surface live on TV, and The Chessmaster will surely prefer the hard indoor courts of Frankfurt.
Paire was also part of the very first UTS experience in 2020. The Rebel failed to reach the semi-finals but was true to his nickname, with histrionics that set social media alight, whether it was his shots, unexpected live quotes or on-court behaviour.
The nicknames are part of UTS’ efforts to bring tennis closer to a new, younger and more connected audience. UTS matches are played in four, eight-minute quarters, inspired by basketball, one of many innovations that will be offered to the 15,000 spectators expected in Frankfurt over three days.
The Süwag Energie Arena is quite familiar with high-voltage tennis : the German Davis Cup team has played a lot of home matches there in the past.
Tickets sales are open (some tickets sales at 29 euros). The format of the competition assures that all ticket-holders will see each of the eight players in action on both September 15th and 16th.
Conceived in 2020 by renowned coach and entrepreneur Patrick Mouratoglou, under the name Ultimate Tennis Showdown, UTS is designed to be an innovative tennis show, closer to the habits of connected audiences and breaking with the traditionally strict discipline imposed on players by the regular Tours. UTS is tennis played as if it had been invented in 2020. International stars such as Alexander Zverev (winner of the second edition in August 2020), Dominic Thiem, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Stefanos Tsitsipas or Matteo Berrettini (winner of the first edition in July 2020) were among the players that helped the concept to take form.
Reminder of UTS format:
- 1-hour matches with 4 quarters
- Less time (15 seconds) between points and no second serve
- Unlimited coaching from the sidelines
- Bonus cards (soon revealed)
Frankfurt will mark the second stage of the 2023 UTS season after Los Angeles (July 21-23). The remaining two legs of the UTS Tour will take place in Asia/Middle-East (1-3 December), before a “Grand Final” on 8-10 December, for which the Frankfurt stage winner will be automatically qualified. The final locations will be revealed in the coming weeks.