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German tennis head: Changes would hurt Hamburg tourney

Updated: July 22, 2008, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. -- The head of the German Tennis Federation said the ATP Tour's planned tournament restructuring would have a devastating effect on the annual men's clay-court event in Hamburg.

Georg von Waldenfels testified Tuesday that the ATP's plan to move the Hamburg tournament from May to July and downgrade it to second-tier status would make it difficult to attract top players to Germany.

"It's just a dead tournament," he said, noting that the planned July date would come ...

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