After his first round defeat at the clay court tournament in Munich, tennis veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber has once again spoken about ending his career soon.
“Tennis is still a great love at home, but I no longer have the strength and leisure to live in a hotel week after week,” said the 38-year-old from Augsburg. However, he would “certainly” play the French Open and Wimbledon qualifiers.
Kohlschreiber has won the traditional event on the Iphitos course in Munich three times in his career. Against his 15-year younger compatriot Daniel Altmaier, it was already over in round one on Monday after a 6:7 6:3 and 1:6.
“I’m not quite the professional anymore. I don’t play twice a day. I play maybe once a day. There are just a lot of hours missing in the year,” Kohlschreiber said. “In the end, but only in the end, I fell apart a bit. But otherwise it was a good fight.”
Kohlschreiber had won in Munich in 2007, 2012 and 2016, but is now only ranked 132 in the world. He was in the main draw because tournament director Patrik Kühnen had granted the crowd favourite a wildcard as a kind of farewell present.
The Augsburg player is still playing doubles, but will he come back to MTTC Iphitos next year? Probably not. “The chances are very good that this will be the last time I play a singles match here,” said Kohlschreiber.