German tennis players will also participate in the world group at the Billie Jean King Cup next year. The relief of success in Croatia is great.
Rijeka – After the surprise in Rijeka, women’s team manager Rainer Schüttler looks to the future with confidence.
“The young players are good enough for that. The sooner they are called up, the better for shocks,” Schuettler said after the German women remained in the Billie Jean King Cup World Group.
The German Tennis Association team, which traveled to Croatia as underdogs without pregnant Angelique Kerber and retired Andrea Petkovic, won their play-off match 3-1 at the weekend to avoid promotion to the second division. “Of course, it is important for development. It took a lot out of my heart,” Schuetler admitted.
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The former pro played heavily on both days in Rijeka, using 20-year-old Eva Lis on day one, but was replaced by Anna-Lena Fridsam on Saturday, despite her win against Petra Martic. “We put our trust in the girls and they all paid it off,” said Schuettler, praising his young squad, which saw three players make their individual debuts in the prestigious team tournament of Jules Niemeyer, Lees and Friedsam.
In the coming year, Germany will continue to be one of the best tennis countries in the world. This Sunday, Schüttler and Co. will find out who they are up against in the first round on April 14 and 15, 2023. The pairings will then be played at 2pm in Glasgow. “The main thing is finally the home game,” said Schuettler, who recently had to play his team on the road.