After world No. 2 Rafael Nadal rejected the offer last week, Hamburg officials have since asked another Spaniard in David Ferrer to take part in the Hamburg Open. Ferrer will serve as the top seed at the event.
Ferrer, who had been bothered by a stomach bug during the grass court season, decided to take the wildcard while participating at the SkiStar Swedish Open. He would make a strong return in the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships, as he defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-1. He would go on to lose his second round match against Andrey Kuznetsov, thus prematurely ending his grass court season in two matches. After heading to Sweden to try his luck on clay again, Ferrer would lose his second match there in straight sets to Carlos Berlocq, which will give him time to head to Germany and prepare for the clay court tournament.
The bet-at-home Open takes place between the 14-20 July in Hamburg, Germany.