45 years of tournament history and 42 tournaments
Tradition and fascination of the Tennis Youngest Cup
For 41 years now, the Tennis Youngest Cup has been the stage for the best young players from all over the world.
At the Tennis Youngest Cup you can find the roots of many former and current world-class players who first attracted attention here at a young age.
Whether Steffi Graf, Boris Becker, Monika Seles, Goran Ivanisevic, Maria Sharapova, Guillermo Coria or David Nalbandian - they all entered the list of winners at the Tennis Youngest Cup. This is precisely what makes our tournament so fascinating - this is where you meet the stars of tomorrow!
This is how it all started
1977 Herbert Baier and Heinz Busch came up with the idea of the Bambini tournament in Kufstein. Björn Kröner and Hans Vosen agree to take part. The tournament is presented to THC Brühl and the city of Brühl with the following special features, which we are proud of: - a gap in the children's tennis calendar is closed - everyone can participate if they report in good time - double knockout system, especially for the tournament developed - extensive leisure program - familiar and yet international aura - a large crowd of volunteers, friends of the neighboring clubs, the club and the city of Brühl are enthusiastic about the idea and promise their active support. Thus the “European Youngest Tennis Tournament” was born.
1978 the tournament is taking place for the first time. 236 children from 10 nations take part. The success and the registrations for the next year are so great that there is no question that the second tournament will take place in 1979. With 280 participants, the target is more than met. This year, Steffi Graf, who finished third in age group IV (U 12) at the age of 10, and Boris Becker as fifth in age group IV, draw attention for the first time.
1980 Legal uncertainties due to the dimensions achieved prompt the tournament organizers and the chairman of the THC Brühl, Mr. Wolfgang Schönberg, to set up a sponsoring association to be founded especially for the organization of the tournament. Herbert Baier, Heinz Busch, Björn Kröner and Marlies Flügel are elected to the board of the “Förderverein des Europäische Jüngsten-Tennis-Tournament Brühl eV”. Among the 320 participants there is for the first time an Israeli team with supervisors. 1st place for Steffi Graf and 1st place for Boris Becker
1981 On the occasion of the fourth tournament, a team competition under the name “Lacoste Nations Cup” will be held for the first time. The team from Baden will be the outstanding winner. No wonder, since she has the winners of the individual competition in her ranks in Boris Becker and Stefi Graf. Five years later, at the age of 17, Becker became the youngest player to win Wimbledon for the first time. Six years later, Graf wins her first Grand Slam tournament in Paris.
1982 Due to the stipulation that only members of the German Tennis Federation can be tournament organizers, the constellation is changed again- Organizer: Tennisverband Mittelrhein eV- Organizer: Sponsoring Association of the European Youngest Tennis Tournament Brühl eV- Host Tennis Club: THC Brühl eV. 5th place: Goran Ivanisevic from Yugoslavia
1983 The complete Yugoslav team wins the Lacoste Nations Cup. Goran Ivanisevic, who takes first place in the individual, and Monika Seles, who unfortunately can no longer compete in the final, play in their ranks.
1984 For the first time a team from the USSR takes part in the tournament and wins the team ranking. The individual winner Andrey Rserkasov also comes from their team. The winner of the girls age group IV (U 12) is Monika Seles. Soviets, Yugoslavs, Bulgarians and Israelis live under one roof in Brühl.
1985 For the 700th anniversary of the city charter, the city of Brühl is giving a particularly nice reception. Boris Becker writes a greeting card from Wimbledon to the youngest tournament officials and a few days later becomes the youngest Wimbledon winner of all time. In Brühl, the following girls attract attention: 1st place for Monika Seles in age group IV (U 12) and 3rd place for Natalia Swereva in age group III (U 14)
1986 Due to the decision of the European Tennis Federation (Tennis Europe) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), young people under the age of 12 are no longer allowed to play international tournaments. Therefore, the “Nations Cup” is played internationally in age group III (U14) and nationally for the newly established “LAMBDA Germany Cup” in age group IV (U12). The first winner in the “LAMBDA-Deutschland-Cup” is Dirk Dier from Saarland, who is the individual winner in age group IV. The team from Austria, including Reinhard Wawra, wins the “Lacoste Nations Cup”. The team from Japan brings Far Eastern flavor to the tournament.
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1987 To end the disagreements that have existed for years between Tennis Europe and our sponsoring association regarding the word “European”. Notarized the renaming to “Förderverein Jüngsten -Tennis-Tournament Brühl eV”. This board includes: Herbert Baier, Heinz Busch, Björn Kröner, Wolfgang Schwaldt.
1988 “It should be fun” - this is and remains the top priority of the tournament and so, by popular request of the trainers and participants, a double competition is played out. A new German name appears on the tennis horizon: Anke Huber wins the singles and doubles competition.
1989 With immediate effect, the Brühl tournament, with five other tournaments in Europe, is one of the six TOP tournaments in the first category. The first victory for Tommy Haas in age group IV underscores the value of the tournament.
1991 The enthusiasm for tennis in Germany is at its peak. 8,000 viewers and seven different TV stations create a grand slam atmosphere on the THC Brühl system during the week.
1992 With Mariano Puerta a boy from Argentina wins who will be in the final of the French Open in 2005.
1994 A year full of records - 44 nations take part and a heat wave causes record water consumption.
1996 The Argentine Guillermo Coria is on the list of winners of the tournament. With his tournament victory at the Hamburg Masters tournament and his semi-finals at the French Open 2003, the Argentine made a name for himself on the ATP tour.
1997 The 20th anniversary will also be a well-attended festival.
2000 The young players in Brühl delighted their audience for the last time: Maria Sharapova finished second and won Wimbledon in 2004.
2001 After moving from Brühl to Cologne, the RheinEnergie Tennis Youngest Cup will take place for the first time on the grounds of the KTHC Stadion RW Cologne.
2002 The anniversary tournament delighted players, coaches and around 9,000 visitors during the week for the 25th time. With Dimitry Novikov and Volha Havartsova, Belarus provided the winners for boys and girls! Sabine Lisicki is in the final and caused a sensation at Wimbledon in 2009 and 2011. Anke Huber stayed three days on the magnificent facility and fondly remembered her successful participation. Thank you very much, dear Anke.
2003 With Dominice Ripoll, another German joins the well-known winners list of the Tennis Youngest Cup and thus follows in the footsteps of Steffi Graf. With great weather and a fantastic atmosphere, the numerous spectators experience tennis at a high level from the first round.
2004 9,200 visitors experience the dominance of young talents from the east. With David Thurner there is finally another German in the final.
2006 International understanding on the KTHC Rot-Weiss facility: over 200 participants from 50 nations ensure a unique atmosphere at the 29th RheinEnergie Tennis Cup.
2007 The Tennis Youngest Cup is celebrating a big anniversary: 30 years of voluntary work - 30 years of stage for the best young players from all over the world - 30 years of international understanding and meeting of later world-class players In bright sunshine, around 1500 enthusiastic spectators experience top-class youth tennis on the Saturday of the final. For the 30th time, young tennis talents from all over the world are fighting for victory in one of the best youth tournaments in Europe. More than 9,000 spectators attend the tournament over the week. Whether young or old, active tennis player or preferred spectator, everyone agreed: "It is unbelievable what these young players, aged 13-14, can achieve on the red ashes!"
2008 On the final day of the 31st RheinEnergie Tennis Youngest Cup, the possible hour of birth of a new Boris Becker ensures a true record attendance. Around 1,600 spectators watch an exciting final game between the German opponents. With 5: 7/6: 4/6: 3 Jannis Kahlke from TV Marburg prevailed against the reigning German champion Kevin Kaczynski.
2009 The winner of the girls' competition, Barbara Haas, is very enthusiastic. The Austrian prevails in the final against the German Lisa-Marie Mätschke. Jorge Panta from Peru wins in the boys' category.
2010 The young German hope Johannes Härtis loses the high-class final against the Chilean Bastian Malla. In doubles, however, Härtis leaves the field as the winner with his partner Viktor Kostin. In the girls' category, Ukrainian Viktoriya Lushkova wins.
2013 The 36th edition will be held for the first time in the Düren district. The International German Tennis Championships U14 in the Düren district are held on the facilities of the three clubs: TG Rot-Weiss eV, Dürener Turnverein 1847 eV and Post-Ford-Sportverein e. V. carried out.
Tournament history continued to be written over the years. Every tournament year was special in itself and brings back wonderful memories. Without the founding fathers Herbert Baier and Heinz Busch, we would not be here today and welcome young talents from all over the world for the 40th time. Due to his tireless commitment to the tournament, Herbert Baier was appointed honorary chairman in 1992 - in the 15th year of the tournament. To this day he is still at the tournament's side with words and deeds. Heinz Busch was appointed honorary chairman at the end of 2011. As the first chairman, he has never left no stone unturned to ensure the continued existence of this unique tournament. His commitment and passion are a role model for all of us. Martina Klein was elected 1st chairwoman as her successor. Heinz Busch is still a very important part of the association as honorary chairman. We are proud of 36 years of voluntary work - 36 years of stage for the best young players from all over the world - 36 years of international understanding and meeting of later world-class players.
2016 In the third year in Düren, the tournament has found more than just a new home. With great enthusiasm and tennis knowledge, the Düren audience and the host clubs provide the young people and supervisors from all over the world with a platform that is unrivaled in Europe.
2017 40 years of the youngest tennis tournament - we are proud of 40 years of voluntary work - 40 years of stage for the best Young players from all over the world - 40 years of international understanding and promoting later world-class players.
2020 Unfortunately, the tournament had to be canceled due to the global Covid pandemic.
2021 Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, the tournament had to pause for another year.