US Open: No stars and draw success: The future of German tennis

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Without stars and the success of the draw: the future of German tennis

Michael Kohlmann, the captain of the German Davis Cup group, is sitting within the stands. photograph

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From the German’s level of view, expectations are low after the 2 high gamers on the US Open had suspended begins and suffered setbacks. Others are for vital moments.

Alexander Zverev is engaged on the coaching floor for his comeback, Angelique Kerber is pregnant. The two high German tennis execs are bodily and mentally distant from the US Open, which may change into a really tragic occasion from a German perspective.

In addition to the dearth of stars, the draw’s setback has left many disenchanted forward of the event, which begins on August 29 in New York. Andrea Petkovic made a shock announcement final night time on ARD’s “Sportschau” that he was retiring.

“The German males and ladies had been unfortunate with the draw,” Davis Cup group chief Michael Kohlmann advised the German Press Agency. It can be shocking if the final Grand Slam of the 12 months happened with Germany within the second week. “It should not be our calls for,” Kohlmann stated, “however on this explicit case, you need to settle for it.”

From the German level of view, disappointment is harmful

A take a look at the world rankings exhibits how troublesome it will likely be for Germany’s eight-man group in New York. Heading into the event, Oscar Otte is ranked forty first, however has misplaced match expertise since final 12 months’s Round of 16 knee harm. Moreover, the caliber of his Polish opponent, world quantity ten Hubert Hurkach, could be very excessive.

The ladies may as soon as once more enhance their steadiness at Wimbledon Grand Slams with Tatiana Maria (semi-finals) and Jules Niemeyer (quarter-finals). With her combating coronary heart, Maria (35) is “at all times up for a shock”, stated ladies’s tennis participant Barbara Rittner, however a return to the semi-finals on onerous courts “cannot be repeated”.

Especially since Maria has a powerful opponent in her opening match on Monday (17:00 CEST/Eurosport), Greek world quantity three Maria Sakkari is prepared for revenge. In London, he misplaced in straight units towards a German underdog. “Wimbledon confirmed me that I can sustain with the perfect. It confirmed me that I may even beat them,” Maria, a mom of two, stated confidently.

A shocking announcement

In the case of Niemeyer (23), who will face former Australian winner Sofia Kenin of the United States within the first spherical, the general public “should not make the error of being blindsided by Wimbledon,” warned her coach Christopher Cass. Andrea Petkovic, a transparent outsider towards Swiss Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, sees “high 20” potential in Niemeyer. But on the onerous court docket, the Dortmund participant “nonetheless has room for enchancment,” Rittner stated.

The 34-year-old Petkovic herself is a transparent outsider towards Swiss Olympic champion Belinda Bencic. This might be the final match of his profession. “I nonetheless go away the chance of including a event in Europe nearer to my household and buddies, however total that is my final event right here,” the Darmstadt native stated on ARD’s “Sportschau”. “Maybe it was in New York.”

Serena Williams is celebrating her retirement

Others are scheduled for vital moments anyway. With all eyes on Serena Williams, the Queen of Tennis’ farewell should be very emotional. The 23-time Grand Slam winner is prone to rejoice one final time in singles, beginning towards Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic within the first night time session in entrance of round 24,000 followers on the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Later within the event, the 40-year-old will carry out once more in doubles together with her elder sister Venera.

Among males, the Spanish particular athlete Rafael Nadal is aiming to win the twenty third championship title within the “Grand Slam” event. His arch-rival Novak Djokovic has been denied entry to the US as a result of he has not been vaccinated towards the corona virus, whereas former champion Roger Federer remains to be coaching after one other knee operation. However, there’s a query mark over Nadal’s health after struggling an stomach muscle harm final day out at Wimbledon.

One of Nadal’s fundamental rivals is Daniil Medvedev. The world primary was allowed to defend final 12 months’s title as a result of, in contrast to Wimbledon, Russian and Belarusian gamers had been allowed to start out the competitors regardless of the conflict in Ukraine. Therefore, the world score factors might be repeated this time as properly.

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