There is nothing to lose in tennis as of late with a repeat of the US Open. Whoever you noticed 30 years in the past, you can now meet once more on the tennis courts of Flushing Meadows, with one exception: German tennis gamers of the previous are as uncommon as victories of German tennis gamers of at the moment. For the primary time since 1984, no German man has superior to the second spherical of the US Open, and solely Jules Niemeyer, who misplaced within the first spherical at the Australian Open, received this time.
Obviously: Alexander Zverev is injured, Angelique Kerber is pregnant; none of them have even been to New York. The draw was additionally destiny, as if this horrible traitor wished the German contestants to fail early: Tatiana Maria in opposition to Maria Sakkari (quantity three on the record of eight), Oskar Otte in opposition to Hubert Hurkac (eight), Daniel Altmaier in opposition to Yannick Sinner (11), Andrea Petkovic in opposition to Belinda Bencic vs. (13), Maximilian Marterer vs. 2014 Open winner Marin Cilic (15), Peter Gojovcik vs. Holger Rune (28), Jules Niemeyer vs. 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin, Laura Siegemund vs. Sorana Cirstea (Sora37) on the earth rankings).
It’s brutal, however it additionally applies: in the event you’re in management, you will not be capable of meet different seeds within the first two rounds of a Grand Slam event. This ought to be the objective of each participant.
Different nations, totally different customs: Young individuals are handled higher in smaller nations just like the Czech Republic.
Training to grow to be knowledgeable tennis participant is pricey, the German tennis affiliation doesn’t have the identical sum of money because the US affiliation, the Grand Slam event, three tournaments of 1000 every and tennis and sports broadcasters who herald about half a billion euros a yr. There are additionally no Challenger tournaments virtually each week like in Italy the place native expertise can take part.
This just isn’t the case, and this in flip implies that nothing is invincible in tennis: three gifted youngsters from the Czech Republic have reached the primary draw by way of qualifying in New York, with six gamers within the second spherical. The purpose for this abundance, in accordance with David Kotyza, longtime coach of Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and now supervisor of Karolina Muchova, is: a convention of former professionals taking care of younger gamers at decrease ranges; not solely about enhancing skilled professionals or organizing tournaments.
There are many the explanation why this isn’t the case in Germany. Boris Becker is irreplaceable these days, Steffi Graf did not really feel tennis hype even in her enjoying days, Tommy Haas is the event director at Indian Wells. With others, you surprise what they’re doing – and will it at all times be “event director” or “boss” or “govt”.
Also, gifted folks want individuals who wish to assist and wish to assist, even when it takes time and vitality. It’s no coincidence that Niemeyer is coached by ex-professional Christopher Kass and ex-professional Rainer Schüttler was within the pit on Monday. Niemeyer stated how a lot it helped him.
There are excellent German gamers who’ve simply completed their careers (Petkovic, Goerges, Kohlschreiber) or will quickly (Kerber). You can’t power somebody to become involved after their energetic profession. However, it is a pity if it just isn’t potential to deliver this technology nearer sooner or later.