If you’re angry with German tennis, you could say that players have to be at least 31 years old before playing at a Grand Slam. Allowed to start tournament. The consideration of the German starters at the current US Open in New York permits this conclusion. Sporty, the old guard was rather mixed. Angelique Kerber (14 years) and Tatjana Maria (32) retired in Round One, Laura Siegemund ( 30) in round two. Julia Görges ( The young German players or even talents in the field of Flushing Meadows, which did not exist: At present, no German tennis player among the best 100 in the world rankings under 30 Years old.
The inevitable Boris Becker has already spoken up and announced that he “will miss” perseverance and commitment also in the female part of the younger generation. Barbara Rittner, the boss of German tennis among women, meanwhile hopes that the older generation will hang on to it for a few more years.
This is not ruled out at a time when the dominant figures in world tennis are getting older and older. For men 2016 no player under 30 years has won more than one Grand Slam tournament, with women being Serena Williams with 37 years still dominant figure in the scene. It’s quite possible that the older players will be able to save German tennis for the next five years – but what happens then?
Rittner hopes for the players who are currently watching the 14 years old. But much can happen until such a megalent has grown up. Times have also changed in women’s tennis, given the increased physique of the players nowadays, the air is thinner for teens at the top than before.
No one comes up that fast. The Canadian Bianca Andreescu, at the US Open in round three, is traded as a talent with 19 years. At that age, former exceptional talents like Steffi Graf, Aranxta Sanches, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis or Maria Sharapova had long since won a Grand Slam tournament – but that was all a long time ago. In the case of women, since Sharapova 2006 (with Title
It’s normal that the best players are older
Tennis has changed, so it’s normal the best players are older. However, the attitude of future generations has changed to active sport, Barbara Rittner fears. She recently said that the German tennis talent is doing too well. The bottom line is that a reflection of society. No one is more willing to really put up with any effort and sometimes even permanently leave their own comfort zone. In fact, it is true that in recent generations, the importance of sport is losing ground.
For German women’s tennis the crash is inevitable when the generation of Kerber goes. Unless there is a new tennis boom until then. But even three Grand Slam titles by Angelique Kerber have not been able to ignite since 2016.