Former pro Karl-Uwe Stieb: German tennis has similar problems – TENNIS

German tennis is in disaster! At the Australian Open in Melbourne, just one participant made it to the third spherical and was eradicated. Why is that? What can change in German tennis?

Former skilled Karl-Uwe Stieb (55) advised SPORT BILD: “Tennis is pricey, the funding is large, it’s not straightforward to finance it. Because households cannot afford sports activities, there ought to be methods for as little expertise as attainable to fall by the cracks.”

The present scenario is alarming. “In our time, there have been ten ladies and ten males in the principle group. We are very removed from it. We lack the breadth that we now have 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,” mentioned the three-time winner of the Davis Cup.

Alexander Zverev (25), who is among the best possible on the earth when he is not recovering from his harm, has nobody in Germany who can problem him for the number one spot. No one believes any of Altmeier, Otte, et al will probably be within the high 20 at this level.

For ladies, it is a bit of completely different. Jules Niemeyer (23) and Eva Lees (21) are mentioned to have nice potential, which Niemeyer confirmed within the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. The ladies’s discipline 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 discipline 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).

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

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

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Without Alexander Zverev, German tennis would be a disaster

Without Alexander Zverev, German tennis can be a catastrophe


But the issue will not be solely the width of the era. According to Stieb, the Bundesliga is not a superb place to coach. “In the Bundesliga, gamers used to earn good cash, then the Bosman resolution got here and there was just one foreigner in every workforce. Before that, Germans may compete with others and make a small revenue. Today, there isn’t a likelihood for Germans to settle right here,” he says.

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

So in the course of 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.

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

Exception: Carlos Alcaraz, who’s at the moment injured, turned 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 buildings in Germany.” The Czech Republic, which has had numerous high feminine gamers over the previous 15 years, additionally advantages from a faculty system that can not be had in Germany as a result of authorized scenario. .

German tennis is principally music. Steeb mentioned: “In our day you can also make the leap 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 turned professionals after faculty, which is unimaginable at present.”

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Carl Uwe Stieb at the 1992 US Open

Carl Uwe Stieb on the 1992 US Open

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