Behind Alexander Zverev, “Doppel O” is Germany’s second best player in the ATP world rankings. Worth knowing about Oscar Otte’s career.
Munich – The name of Oscar Otte, born in Cologne on July 16, 1993, has been known by German tennis fans for years. The 1. FC Cologne flag first achieved its final media breakthrough in 2021 at the fourth Grand Slam held in New York: At the US Open, Eight qualified for the quarterfinals. But that’s not all: At the end of last season, Oscar Otte won three tournaments at the second highest level, the Challenger Tour, collected valuable points and confirmed his good form. As a result, Otte climbed further up the world rankings and in early 2022 was in the top 100 on the ATP world rankings for the first time in his career. On Instagram, Otte posted under a photo that showed him with clenched fist: “Hard work – ready for more.” In German: “Had worked hard – now I’m ready for more.”
Oscar Otte – his career
Oscar Otte has been a tennis professional since 2011 and was initially primarily on the Future Tour. In 2015, Eight became German tennis champion. From 2017, he regularly played Challenger tournaments – and with success right from the start: In the first year, he surprisingly reached the final at the Challenger in Qingdao as a qualifier, where he lost to the Serb Janko Tipsarevic. A few weeks later – together with his Cologne teammate Andreas Mies – his first Challenger title in doubles in Rome. That same year, Otte also celebrated his first Challenger triumph in singles: In the final in Lisbon, he defeated top 100 player Taro Daniel. Thanks to his successful season, he achieved his best ranking to date in October 2017 at rank 129. Other highlights of his career:
- 2018: first (match) victory on the ATP tour (1st round in Stockholm)
- 2019: first (match) victory in a Grand Slam tournament (1st round at the French Open)
- 2021: Reached the final of the Challenger tournament in Prague
- 2021: Loss in five sets to Alexander Zverev in the first round of the French Open, even though Otte had already led 6-3, 6-3.
- 2022: Quarterfinals at the ATP 250 tournament in Belgrade
Oscar Otte – the entertainer
Oscar Otte then delivered the match of his life at Wimbledon in 2021: In the second round, he lost to Andy Murray 3: 6, 6: 4, 6: 4, 4: 6, 2: 6 despite a strong performance. Eight had played their way into the main draw of the Grand Slam tournament for the first time through qualifying and challenged the 34-year-old Scot to an exciting match. A highlight of the duel was Otte’s reaction after a slip. The man from Cologne lay casually on his side, pretending to smoke a cigarette or a joint. Eight thus garnered great sympathy on the Internet. Eight caused another big smile in the media when he asked the referee in the first set to get him other shorts because his was too big. He actually received new shorts and even won two of the five sets. His “pants problem” in hindsight: “The laundry at the hotel did not work so well. So I only had pants with me. It kept slipping up during the match. I do not even know exactly why. So I asked the referee for replacement pants. Then they brought me two, but one was four times as big and would have come over my knees. The other had a sponsor logo sewn on, I could not have played with that either. So I had to keep my pants on. at some point it slips up. ”
Oscar Otte – his private life
In early 2018, Oscar Otte moved to Mühlheim an der Ruhr to be closer to his new training ground, his coach Peter Moraing and his nephew Mats Moraing (also a professional player; note). “Mats and I have a very good relationship, he is one of my best friends,” Otte said in an interview with the German Tennis Federation (DTB) website. “In addition, Peter is also the father of my girlfriend Emma.” What not everyone knows: Oscar Otte changed his diet at the end of 2016 because he suffered from several allergies from childhood (eg cereals and dairy products, note).