The 14th edition of the German Masters will see the iconic event expand from five days to a full week for the first time inside Berlin’s crowded Tempodrom.
Although it may not be as celebrated as the World Championships at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield or the Masters at Alexandra Palace in London, the Tempodrom is recognized as a great place to practice.
Several of the sport’s leading names have been hailing the 2,500-seat venue with its atmosphere, music and German knowledge in supporting the event with sell-out crowds as is typical of the country’s premier competition.
The German Masters has never been slow for fans, whether watching or playing, since Mark Williams defeated Mark Selby 9-7 in the final at the Tempodrom in 2011 to begin a long-standing relationship with the nation’s capital.
Ronnie O’Sullivan has said the venue is the best in the sport, Ali Carter compares the tournament to the World Championship and the Masters, while Shaun Murphy believes the tournament is growing every year.
“Can’t you try to play well here in front of this crowd? This is the best place we’ve ever played, just like you used to do at Wembley Conference Centre.. The conditions we play in here are very good. It’s good to play here, and get to the finals.– Ronnie O’Sullivan’s 9-7 win over Stephen Maguire in the final of the 2012 German Masters.
“There is no better tournament than this, this is right up there with the Masters and the World Championship. The German fans are great, they are respectful people and they appreciate that we are here.” – Ali Carter after taking his second German Masters title with a 10-3 victory over Tom Ford at the end of 2023.
“I’m happy to be in the semi-finals in the best place in the world. I hope I can play well and I’ll enjoy it.” – 2022 German Masters champion Zhao Xintong after a 5-1 win over Judd Trump in the quarter-finals when he ran for the title two years ago.
“Every tournament I enter I want to win, but especially in the same big stadium that we play in. When it comes down to the bottom of the table here it’s very special. The fans are amazing.” – Judd Trump’s 9-6 win over Neil Robertson in the 2020 final.
“My mom and dad were here for the first time, I just want them to see me play here one more time before I retire because it’s one of the best places we’ve been. And how lucky I was to win the championship.” – Anthony Hamilton celebrates his junior title with a 9-6 victory over Carter in the 2017 finale.
“It’s amazing to me. Every time I come to Germany, the fans are amazing. They generate electricity every year. As snooker fans, we are privileged to play in a venue like this. ” – Kyren Wilson defeats David Gilbert 9-7 to take the title in 2019.
“It’s been a privilege to see snooker grow in this place – there were 2,500 die hard fans out there today. When it gets to one table it’s a great place to watch the game. You can feel and taste the atmosphere – yours. The energy is on fire.” – Shaun Murphy after completing a 6-4 win over Liang Wenbo in the 2015 semi-finals.
“What more can you ask for when you’re playing in front of all these people, and in this arena. Every player has to experience that at least once.” – Mark Williams after securing his second German Masters crown with a 9-1 final victory over Graeme Dott in 2018.