The German men’s tennis team will enter the final tournament of the Davis Cup as unbeaten group winners and will meet Canada there.
At the end of their home match at the Rothenbaum in Hamburg, the team of team manager Michael Kohlmann won 2:1 against Australia on Sunday and thus celebrated their third victory in the third match.
Germany will play the Canadians in the quarter-finals in Malaga on 24 November. If they win, the USA or Italy will be their next opponents in the semi-finals. Last year, the DTB team reached the final round. It is unclear whether Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, who has an injured foot, will be able to play in Málaga.
Everything as usual: Struff wins, Otte loses
The decisive point in Hamburg was once again won by the doubles team of Kevin Krawietz/Tim Pütz with a 6:4, 6:4 win over the Wimbledon winners Matthew Ebden/Max Purcell. The German duo thus remained unbeaten in the Davis Cup in their eighth match.
Oscar Otte had previously lost his third singles match for the German tennis team. The 29-year-old lost to Thanasi Kokkinakis 6:7 (6:8), 1:6 on Sunday, which allowed Australia to equalize in the last group match. Before that, Jan-Lennard Struff had won against Max Purcell. In the duel of the so far unbeaten nations, Struff won 6:1, 7:5 against the Australian Max Purcell on Sunday.
Kohlschreiber bids farewell
Two and a half months after the end of his career, Philipp Kohlschreiber was dismissed from the Davis Cup team by the German Tennis Federation (DTB). DTB President Dietloff von Arnim presented the 38-year-old with a photo collage from his appearances for Germany in Hamburg on Sunday. Kohlschreiber was also honored with a montage of his successes on the video wall of the center court at Rothenbaum. “It was a huge journey that I was able to experience. I experienced the most emotional moments in the Davis Cup. I was lucky to have played quite well there many times,” said Kohlschreiber.
The Augsburg player had ended his career at the end of June after his elimination in the qualifying for Wimbledon. “In total, you were nominated 22 times for the Davis Cup. You are one of the players who have competed most often for Germany,” von Arnim said. Kohlschreiber earned almost 14 million US dollars in prize money and won eight tournaments in the 21 years of his career. In the world rankings, position 16 was his best ranking in July 2012.