Former pro Karl-Uwe Stieb: German tennis has similar problems – TENNIS

German tennis is in disaster! At the Australian Open in Melbourne, just one participant made it to the third spherical and was eradicated. Why is that? What can change in German tennis?

Former skilled Karl-Uwe Stieb (55) informed SPORT BILD: “Tennis is dear, the funding is massive, it isn’t straightforward to finance it. Because households cannot afford sports activities, there needs to be methods for as little expertise as potential to fall by way of the cracks.”

The present state of affairs is alarming. “In our time, there have been ten ladies and ten males in the principle group. We are very removed from it. We lack the breadth that we’ve got 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,” stated the three-time winner of the Davis Cup.

Alexander Zverev (25), who is among the best possible on the earth when he is not recovering from his damage, has nobody in Germany who can problem him for the number one spot. No one believes any of Altmeier, Otte, et al shall be within the prime 20 at this level.

For ladies, it is slightly totally different. Jules Niemeyer (23) and Eva Lees (21) are stated to have nice potential, which Niemeyer confirmed within the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. The ladies’s subject is tighter than it has been in a very long time. 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 ladies, Sonya Shizhenbaeva (16) has the expertise to succeed even with out the assist of the German Tennis Association (DTB).

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

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

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Without Alexander Zverev, German tennis would be a disaster

Without Alexander Zverev, German tennis can be a catastrophe


But the issue shouldn’t be solely the width of the era. According to Stieb, the Bundesliga is not an excellent place to coach. “In the Bundesliga, gamers used to earn good cash, then the Bosman resolution 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 any probability for Germans to settle right here,” he says.

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

So through the Melbourne days, many tennis followers envied the Americans, who had six professionals within the spherical of 16. Here’s what number of Germans have been kicked out in spherical 1 on the primary day. The US advantages from a university system that Germany doesn’t have and can by no means have.

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Exception: Carlos Alcaraz, who is currently injured, became world number one at the age of 19.

Exception: Carlos Alcaraz, who’s at present injured, grew to become world primary on the age of 19.


“Colleges within the USA all the time play with one another, maintain tournaments. There are additionally Germans there with Dominik Kopfer and Yannick Hanfmann. We can’t construct buildings in Germany.” The Czech Republic, which has had numerous prime feminine gamers over the previous 15 years, additionally advantages from a faculty system that can not be had in Germany because of the authorized state of affairs. .

German tennis is mainly music. Steeb stated: “In our day you can also make the leap 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 grew to become professionals after faculty, which is unimaginable in the present day.”

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Carl Uwe Stieb at the 1992 US Open

Carl Uwe Stieb on the 1992 US Open

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