Australian Open: Karl-Uwe Stieb: German tennis suffers from this Sport

German tennis is in disaster! Both of them Australian Open Championship In Melbourne, just one participant made it to Round 3 and was eradicated. Why is that? What can change in German tennis?

Former professional Karl-Uwe Stieb (55) instructed BILD: “Tennis is pricey, the funding is huge, it isn’t simple to finance. Because households cannot afford sports activities, there ought to be methods for as little expertise as attainable to fall by the cracks.”

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The present state of affairs is alarming. “In our time, there have been ten ladies and ten males in the principle group. We are very far from it. We lack the breadth that we have now within the beginning blocks, with 5 to 10 gamers between the ages of 20 and 25. And amongst these there are too few who enter the highest 10 or 20,” stated the three-time winner of the Davis Cup.

Alexander Zverev One of the best possible on the earth (25) when he isn’t recovering from damage, there is not any one who can remotely problem him to be #1 in Germany. No one believes any of Altmeier, Otte, et al can be within the high 20 at this level.

For ladies, it is a bit of totally different. Jules Niemeyer (23) and Eva Lees (21) are stated to have nice potential, which Niemeyer confirmed within the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. The ladies’s subject is tighter than it has been in a very long time. Both could make the highest 20.

Also, three juniors from Melbourne made it previous the primary spherical, and the one junior within the subject was eradicated instantly. Among the ladies, Sonya Shizhenbaeva (16) has the expertise to succeed even with out the assist of the German Tennis Association (DTB).

Jules Niemeyer is the most important hope in German tennis and was within the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

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“You must work very intensively with folks. DTB additionally helps this. In locations the place golf equipment and tournaments are energetic, scouting ought to be executed extensively. You compete in much more sports activities than you probably did within the 80s. It’s undoubtedly robust and tennis hasn’t gotten any cheaper,” says Stieb. “Local coaches ought to encourage the youngsters. This is the place expertise comes from.”

Without Alexander Zverev, German tennis would be a disaster

Without Alexander Zverev, German tennis could be a catastrophe


But the issue shouldn’t be solely the width of the technology. According to Stieb, the Bundesliga is now not a very good place to coach. “In the Bundesliga, gamers used to earn good cash, then the Bosman choice got here and there was just one foreigner in every crew. Before that, Germans might compete with others and make a small revenue. Today, there is no such thing as a probability for Germans to settle right here,” he says.

In addition, the event panorama must be expanded, particularly in Germany. “If a number of kids’s, youth and future tournaments are held in this nation, then the skills can get the primary factors on the earth rating within the latter. It could be very costly to journey overseas,” stated Stieb himself, who was as soon as the vice-president of DTB.

So throughout the Melbourne days, many tennis followers envied the Americans, who had six professionals within the spherical of 16. Here’s what number of Germans have been kicked out in spherical 1 on the primary day. The US advantages from a university system that Germany doesn’t have and can by no means have.

Exception: Carlos Alcaraz, who is currently injured, became world number one at the age of 19.

Exception: Carlos Alcaraz, who’s presently injured, grew to become world primary on the age of 19.


“Colleges within the USA at all times play with one another, maintain tournaments. There are additionally Germans there with Dominik Kopfer and Yannick Hanfmann. We can’t construct constructions in Germany.” The Czech Republic, which has had numerous high feminine gamers over the previous 15 years, additionally advantages from a college system that can not be had in Germany as a result of authorized state of affairs. .

German tennis is principally music. Steeb stated: “In our day you can also make the bounce to world class at 18 or 19, however that has modified all around the world. There are few exceptions like Iga Swiatek, Holger Rune or Carlos Alcaraz. Back then, we grew to become professionals after faculty, which is unimaginable right this moment.”

Carl Uwe Stieb at the 1992 US Open

Carl Uwe Stieb on the 1992 US Open

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