Munich organizers show respect to six-time finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber



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Munich organizers show respect to six-time finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber

Former world No. 16 Philipp Kohlschreiber has been awarded a wildcard into Munich, the tournament organizers announced on Friday. Kohlschreiber, 38, is set to make his 17th appearance on the clay courts of Munich. Kohlschreiber is no stranger to the Munich event, having made his debut at the tournament long ago in 2002.

Kohlschreiber has had success in Munich throughout his career as he is a six-time finalist at the tournament. Kohlschreiber lifted his first Munich title in 2007, after beating Mikhail Youzhny in the final. Kohlschreiber won his second Munich title in 2012 and the following year fell just short of winning back-to-back titles as he ended runner-up at the tournament.

Kohlschreiber also ended runner-up in Munich in 2015 but won his third title at the tournament the following year. Kohlschreiber made his last Munich final in 2018 - in which he was beaten by Alexander Zverev.

Kohlschreiber is certainly grateful to the Munich organizers

This week, Kohlschreiber admitted that his time is "running out."

World No. 129 Kohlschreiber said he would like to play play all the German events this year but admitted he might not be a priority for wildcards anymore. “The plan is still valid. You have to be realistic," Kohlschreiber told Tennisnet.com.

"I don't have many points left after Wimbledon. It also depends on what tournaments I can still play. I haven't played much Challengers in the last few years and I'm not going to start at the age of 39. The only goal I have set for myself this year is to play the tournaments that are close to my heart or those that I haven't been to yet.

This is the case in Marbella. Where can we start the clay court season more pleasantly? I can't say yet if there will be another five or ten tournaments." It remains to be seen how far can Kohlschreiber go in Munich this year.