Australian Open: Karl-Uwe Stieb: German tennis suffers from this Sport

German tennis is in disaster! Both of them Australian Open Championship In Melbourne, just one participant made it to Round 3 and was eradicated. Why is that? What can change in German tennis?

Former professional Karl-Uwe Stieb (55) advised BILD: “Tennis is dear, the funding is huge, it is not simple to finance. Because households cannot afford sports activities, there ought to be methods for as little expertise as doable to fall by means of the cracks.”

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The present scenario is alarming. “In our time, there have been ten ladies and ten males in the primary group. We are very far from it. We lack the breadth that now we 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), he isn’t solely recovering from damage, he is likely one of the very best on this planet, and there’s no one who may even remotely problem him for the number one place in Germany. No one believes any of Altmeier, Otte, et al might be within the prime 20 at this level.

For ladies, it is a little bit 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 subject has at all times been good. Both could make the highest 20.

Also, three juniors from Melbourne made it previous the primary spherical, and the one junior within the subject was eradicated instantly. Among the women, Sonya Shizhenbaeva (16) has the expertise to succeed even with out the help of the German Tennis Association (DTB).

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

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

But the issue is just not solely the width of the era. According to Stieb, the Bundesliga is now not place to coach. “In the Bundesliga, gamers used to earn good cash, then the Bosman determination got here and there was just one foreigner in every staff. 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.

Carl-Uwe Stieb currently runs a consulting agency in Mallorca

Carl-Uwe Stieb at the moment runs a consulting company in Mallorca

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

So throughout the Melbourne days, many tennis followers envied the Americans, who had six execs within the spherical of 16. Here’s what number of Germans had been kicked out in spherical 1 on the primary day. Americans profit from their school system, which Germany doesn’t and by no means will.

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 constructions in Germany.” The Czech Republic, which has had numerous prime gamers within the final 15 years, particularly ladies, additionally advantages from a college system that Germany can’t have as a result of authorized scenario. .

German tennis is mainly music. Steeb mentioned: “In our day you may make the bounce 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 college, which is unimaginable immediately.”


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