Shortly before 11 a.m., Ralf Exel, the legendary BMW Open Stadium announcer, stood in front of the MTTC Iphitos clubhouse, announcing a slight delay over the microphone. It was still raining. Then he was caught. Andreas Mies, 31, first showed up and asked to be allowed to say something. “We’re in shape, we’re getting started,” Mies said. Then Kevin Krawietz, 30, showed up and shouted, “We’re happy!” Shortly after, the two, Krawietz and Mies, marched onto the center court. Just to let you know yourself, that was a typical number of the two. This double is not only the most successful German duo, they have won the French Open twice. Mies and Krawietz are also two guys who exude happiness. Their press conferences alone usually have more entertainment value than evening shows on television. They rightly had it at the beginning of the week The Iphitos Prize received, which the club awards once a year, a nice PR gimmick, to personalities in the tournament.
Nevertheless, of course, they are still primarily serious tennis professionals, a week ago they won the title at the ATP tournament in Barcelona, it was a special triumph, “the last one in Paris was a while ago,” Mies recalled. That was in October 2020. By that time, he was already having problems with his knee, which was later followed up by surgery and a longer break. Earlier this season, after a couple of tournaments with other partners, he returned to the field with Krawietz. They harmonized acceptably, at the Australian Open they reached the third round but a harder time followed.
Andreas Mies also talks about the catering
Mies caught the corona virus, and despite the vaccination, he was “really bad for six weeks,” he reported in Munich. Krawietz also struggled mentally. The Coburg player continued to play smoothly after a long 2021 season and felt tired in his head. He timed out while Mies competed in a challenger in Phoenix. With the success in Barcelona, a “great burden was lifted,” Mies admitted.
Things got even better in Munich. They confidently reached the final and defeated Brazilian Rafael Matos and Spaniard David Vega Hernandez 4: 6, 6: 4, 10: 7 (championship tiebreak) in front of family and many friends in the stands. After their fifth tour title, the two held what was probably the longest victory speech in tennis history, and eventually Mies even went into catering. Had it not been for the singles final back then, the two would probably still be down there talking. By the way, Mies is from Cologne, that’s all you need to know.
The winner of the individual competition was the Dane Holger Rune, but the 19-year-old benefited from an announcement from the opponent in the final, Botic van de Zandschulp, who came out of nowhere. The Dutchman, who qualified as a qualifier at the US Open last fall, left the court at 4: 3 with chest pain. He came back after 15 minutes and gave up after four points. It was later announced that the orbit of the world number 40. will be stable again.
So Rune could slip into a pair of leather pants at a merry awards ceremony and then let model Lena Gercke drive her around in a sports car twice in a circle. Rune does not have a driver’s license yet. But he would do it “next week,” he assured with a laugh. Rune, who sent Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-2 in the second round, now breaks into the top 50. In men’s tennis, with the exception of the even better Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, 18, no teenager climbs as steeply as he.
Tournament organizer MMP, now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pro Sieben Sat 1 media group, finally announced a new record. “We were sold out in six out of nine days, we’ve never had that before,” said Christian Okon, CEO of the Cologne Agency. A total of 41,600 spectators came to the facility despite a rainy day Tuesday. It is very possible that the weather will be similarly changeable next year, the ATP Tour is redesigning the tournament calendar completely – and the Munich event may even take place at an earlier time. A decision is likely to be made in the coming months.