On June 20 – 26, 2021, the first edition of the Bad Homburg Open by Engel & Völkers took place. A special location was chosen as the venue for the first lawn tennis tournament in Hesse. Quite significantly, the first European tennis court was built in Bad Homburg’s Kurpark back in 1876.
Not only is the location special, but also this edition. Already last year the elite of women’s tennis were supposed to meet in Bad Homburg. Due to the worldwide Corona pandemic, the tournament had to be postponed by a year. Thanks to an extensive hygiene and testing concept, the first edition of the tournament took place in front of a public crowd this year. Up to 600 tennis enthusiasts were able to participate each day.
Tickets reserved for ticket holders from last year sold out within 60 minutes. Not surprisingly, since among the 32 female tennis players were award-winning players like Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova.
„After many years of cooperation with Perfect Match, partly also on an international level, we were very pleased to work alongside them on a project that’s right on our doorstep. The news that there would be spectators on site made me personally very happy! In the past year I was able to support many digital and hybrid productions, but my heart still beats for live events.”
The centerpiece of the tournament was the center court, which accommodated nearly 50 matches. There was an 8 x 4.5 m LED wall with 6.25 mm pixel pitch on one of the two short sides of the court. The stands for the spectators were set up on the two long sides.
No distractions: The LED wall was used in a variety of ways during match days. Among other things, it was used to display advertising clips and the live camera image from the OB van. During the ball change, the audience could follow the score there. To enable the players to concentrate on the game, a static image was always displayed.
For a complete sound reinforcement of the audience area, the Kiva II system L-Accoustics was used in combination with KS21 basses. This duo guaranteed not only good sound quality, but also excellent speech intelligibility.
Live: The exciting matches were not limited only to the 600 tennis fans on site. For all those who could not secure a ticket, the matches were broadcast on FreeTV stream.