New York (dpa) – New York is really in full swing for German tennis professionals. On the first day of the US Open this Monday eight Germans are in action. In particular, the matches of the two top players Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber are eagerly awaited.
ALEXANDER ZVEREV: Although the dress rehearsal failed with the opening defeat to Andy Murray, the number seventh in the world sees himself well prepared. “Of course I would have liked a few more games, but I trained well,” said Zverev on Sunday. However, his first opponent Kevin Anderson from South Africa is tough. “This is of course the hardest first round you can get as a seeded player,” said the 23-year-old before the 2017 US Open finalists game (around 7.30pm CEST / Eurosport).
ANGELIQUE KERBER: The 32-year-old from Kiel is the big lucky bag of the tournament. For Kerber it is the first game since the Australian Open in January. “So I don’t have high expectations,” said the German number one before the match against Ajla Tomljanovic from Australia. However, she recently trained hard with her old and new coach Torben Beltz and feels ready, the left-handed said. All in all, she has fond memories of New York. In 2016 she won Flushing Meadows and became number one in the world.
CORONA: Shortly before the start of the US Open, organizers announced a positive Corona case. The name of the player has not been disclosed. Alexander Zverev rejected speculation that the affected person could have become infected because he left the so-called bubble. “You have no chance of getting out of here. Security is on every corner, ”said the German number one. He himself is indirectly affected by the virus. His father has Corona and is therefore not in New York, Zverev confirmed on Sunday.