SIn terms of portability, the German tennis professionals have not really run well this year. Alexander Zverev completely out of shape, Angelique Kerber injured – the start of the new season was disappointing. Zverev and Co. now want to do better at the Australian Open and were at least lucky with the draw for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season. Because they are spared the very hard chunks in Melbourne.
In the first round, Zverev faces Italian Marco Cecchinato. The number seven seeded Zverev lost all three singles at the ATP Cup at the beginning of the year, leaving an appallingly weak impression. Against number 76 in the world, the 22-year-old still goes into the game as a clear favorite. To spend more time on the training ground, Zverev decided not to participate in the tournament this week. At the charity event for the victims of the violent bush fire, the Hamburg native was at least in a good mood again on Wednesday.
In the women’s race, Kerber meets a qualifier at the start. The 31-year-old, who won the Australian Open in 2016, had to give up at the tournament in Adelaide due to thigh problems, but is determined to start in Melbourne. Julia Görges plays in the first round against Viktoria Kuzmova from Slovakia, Laura Siegemund against the American Coco Vandeweghe and Tatjana Maria against Catherine Bellis (USA).
Struff against Djokovic
Jan-Lennard Struff, on the other hand, had a very difficult task. The German number two will face defending champion Novak Djokovic from Serbia at the start on Monday. Seasoned Philipp Kohlschreiber plays against the largely unknown American Marcos Giron, Dominik Koepfer against a qualifier and Cedrik-Marcel Stebe against the Frenchman Benoit Paire, who is number 21.
Other Germans have the chance to qualify for the first through qualification Qualifying Grand Slam tournament of the season for the main draw.