The German tennis men are facing tough first round matches at the European Open in Hamburg. Nicola Kuhn has got the strongest rival.
The 32-year-old Jan-Lennard Struff from Warstein has to play against the Russian Olympic silver medallist Karen Khachanov at the clay-court tournament in the Hanseatic city, which starts on Monday. Daniel Altmaier from Kempen, number 62 in the world rankings, has to face Francisco Cerundolo from Argentina. The South American won the clay-court tournament in Bastad, Sweden, on Sunday and thus qualified for the Rothenbaum.
Nicola Kuhn has got the strongest rival. The wildcard holder, who lives in Spain, will meet the 19-year-old top favourite Carlos Alcaraz. The Spaniard is number six in the world rankings.
Men and women compete together for the first time since 1978
For the first time since 1978, the men’s and women’s teams will play in parallel at the Rothenbaum. From the German point of view, there is an exciting first-round encounter in the women’s singles: Last year’s finalist Andrea Petkovic from Darmstadt will face Tamara Korpatsch from Hamburg. The 20-year-old Hamburg talent Eva Lys will meet a qualifier in round one, as will Wimbledon quarter-finalist Jule Niemeier from Dortmund.
Sabine Lisicki has also qualified for the main draw. The 32-year-old from Berlin advanced in a hard-fought match on Sunday with a 3:6, 6:4, 6:6 (7:5) win over Kateryna Baindl from Ukraine. Noma Noha Akugue failed. The 18-year-old from Reinbek lost to Oxana Selechmeteva from Russia 2:6, 2:6. Anna-Lena Friedsam suffered a similar fate, losing to Alexandra Ignatik from Romania in a three-set match. Rudolf Molleker also did not make it. The 21-year-old from Oranienburg lost to Marko Topo from Serbia 3:6, 6:3, 4:6.