Von Arnim – “Tennis should speak for the whole world”


Status: 02.02.2023 15:04

DTB head Dietloff von Arnim needs to grow to be the president of the ITF world tennis affiliation – in an interview with Sportschau, he talks about his concepts, the Davis Cup match towards Alexander Zverev and Switzerland.

Dietloff von Arnim has been the head of the German Tennis Association since the starting of 2021, however he needs to go one stage increased and grow to be the president of the ITF World Tennis Association. For that, he needed to substitute the incumbent David Haggerty from the US at the Congress in Cancun, Mexico in September. In an interview with Sportschau, he talks about his views, the massive hole behind Alexander Zverev and the upcoming Davis Cup opener towards Switzerland.

Sportschau: Mr. von Arnim, you might be operating for the presidency of the ITF World Tennis Association – why?

“At the finish of final summer time, a number of nationwide associations requested me if I might think about operating for workplace. I considered it for some time after which I mentioned sure as a result of I believe the ITF and tennis on the whole may very well be finished higher. “

What do you imply by that?

“These are the first precedence points, match uniforms, scoring, overseas illustration, communication with massive and small nationwide associations, crew competitions. talks.”

Are the ATP and WTA too sturdy as gamers’ unions and as ITF president do you need to change that?

“For me, it isn’t about energy. In reality: there are all the time many voices on the stage from the Grand Slams, the ATP, the WTA. But now you want somebody to speak for tennis round the world. It must be the ITF.”

Are you trying to do double obligation as Acting President of the German Tennis Association, or is just one potential?

“Of course, just one job is feasible. The ITF rejects twin roles, and that is proper.”

You had been the head of DTB for two years. What is your private stability, what did you alter?

“Unlike different sports activities, we had been capable of enhance the variety of members in German tennis by roughly 5 % per 12 months throughout the Corona interval. It reveals that tennis is alive.”

In the skilled sector, on the different hand, the scenario now appears to be like very unhealthy. At the current Australian Open, there have been no Germans left in singles in the second week of the match. No one is extra constantly represented at world stage than Alexander Zverev. What is flawed with selling younger expertise, why is it so usually tough to progress from junior to senior stage?

“You’re proper. A 12 months and a half in the past at the US Open, there have been 4 Germans in the final 16. But general, the Australian Open shouldn’t be a slide, it additionally displays the world rating – that is the place we’re. Too far behind Zverev.”

Why and what are you doing about it?

“Snapshot is the results of assist launched eight or ten years in the past. We have modified just a few issues now, however it might bear fruit in the future. A concrete instance: we assist excessive abilities a lot earlier. We go to the ministries of schooling of the federal states to supply extra flexibility and digital educating to gifted folks. , as a result of to be able to compete at a excessive stage in tennis, it’s good to go to worldwide tournaments early – 5 days off One college 12 months shouldn’t be sufficient for this. I’ll take the circus stage for comparability, particularly there are lecturers assigned to the household of showmen – I can think about it in excessive stage tennis as properly. But as I mentioned , digital studying alternatives could be notably vital.”

Team occasions are the place the Germans all the time impress. Now that Davis Cup has been minimize from its foremost sponsor – is it forward of a giant conventional occasion?

“I do not assume so, however on the one hand we’d like financiers who perceive the crew occasions in tennis properly. On the different hand, we’d like to consider adjustments. So far, what I’ve heard from many nations is that the high tennis competitions additionally must go to smaller nations. We have a number of massive tournaments in Germany, however Denmark and Norway, for instance, has world-class gamers, however there are not any appropriate occasions to entertain folks there anymore, so the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup could be a superb sport, each residence and away – once more this weekend in Trier towards Switzerland it is like we’re taking part in a sport.”

Switzerland include 37-12 months-outdated Stan Wawrinka – is Germany the clear favorite?

“No. Be cautious: Wawrinka continues to be a category participant, I noticed Marc-Andrea Hulser myself at the Australian Open, he can carry out in singles and doubles. It will probably be 5 attention-grabbing matches, we now have to be very cautious.”

Russia and Belarus have been disqualified from the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup due to their struggle of aggression towards Ukraine. Wimbledon organizers additionally banned athletes from Russia and Belarus. And the ATP and WTA are taking the reverse tack and even slapped a hefty positive on Wimbledon – what’s your tackle this battle?

“My place is evident: we should permit the athletes of those nations to play with out flags, however not the groups. Therefore, I believe it’s proper that Russia and Belarus should be excluded from the tennis Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup.”

Will you’ve got opponents if you run for workplace in September?

“Yes, the present president David Haggerty He needs to compete once more from the USA. Let’s look.”


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