German tennis is in better shape than expected

Looking on the girls’s world rankings, the world’s largest tennis affiliation, with 1.4 million members, should be worrying the heads of the DTB. There is no denying that there is little left of the glamor of the outdated days. However, German girls’s tennis is in better shape than expected.

Recently, Andrea Petkovic had a tearful farewell, at the very least from the massive tennis stage, whereas Sabina Lisicki, after years of harm issues, was just a few kilometers away from attending the live performance of Angelique Kerber, the determine of the seniors and the German girls. who has been enjoying tennis for a few years, is anticipating her first youngster on the age of 34.

Apart from former primary Kerber (at the moment world quantity 50), Wimbledon semi-finalist Tatiana Maria, now 35, who is in her third spring on tour, is the one different high 100 seed.

Behind them is the promising trio of German Jules Niemeyer (23/108), Nastaya Schunk (19/166) and Eva Lis (20/171), who’re the one ones in the primary discipline of the US Open. the steps on the tour get deeper and deeper.

Looking on the decrease areas of the score, DTB has different hopes.

Only three tennis nations are main in the DTB rating

If you filter by way of the world rankings for gamers underneath the age of 21, you’ll discover 13 DTB children among the many high 200 abilities. Between the USA (22 younger gamers), Russia (21) and France (16), solely three absolute tennis nations are extra frequent.

However, it is not solely the quantity, however above all, the symptoms of the previous few months give hope.

For instance, 20-year-old Chantal Sauvant has reached 4 ITF finals to date in 2022, thrice since June alone, and the right-hander has gained twice. In 2022, Sauvant climbed extra than 400 locations in the world rating. Now it is in 619th place.

DTB’s biggest expertise additionally made it to the ultimate 4: Noma Noha Akuge. The shock 2020 German champion is getting better and better across the tour on the age of 18, and although he gained just one match in 2022, he is already competing in very high-profile occasions and has crushed some opponents who’re far forward of him. (404th place).

The path is proper, persistence is wanted

Noha Akagu is adopted by Louise Meyer auf der Heide (20 years/431 rank), Sina Herrmann (20/442), Julia Middendorf (19/480), Mina Hodzic (20/504), Aleksandra Vecic (20/533). ), Mara Guth (19/606), in addition to Ella Seidel (17/682) and Joel Steer (18/691) are different younger DTB representatives.

Especially spectacular: Hodzic, who has performed 5 tournaments till 2022, gained the W60 match in Biarritz, the place she defeated present world quantity 111 Chloe Paquette of France. Middendorf has gained 13 of 16 matches for the reason that starting of August (match victory in Erwitt), Steer has climbed virtually 1000 locations in the world rating in comparison with final 12 months, and Meyer auf der Heide has been displaying a gradual upward pattern for 3 months ( 2 finals).

It’s true that success on the ITF-Toru is no assure of a world profession, however the younger German is at the moment taking her first steps in the direction of the highest of ladies’s tennis very impressively.

Even if Germany’s subsequent Grand Slam winner is not actually going to show his legs to ashes, the outlook for the longer term is not bleak at first look.

Mark Affeldt

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