The 27th edition of the ATP 500 tournament in Halle will take place next week, gathering a strong field of players led by Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Karen Khachanov, Borna Coric, Gael Monfils and others. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Rudolf Molleker had received the first wild cards and the organizers have decided to give the final one to the 29-year-old Peter Gojowczyk who will play in the main draw for the second time.
Despite right hip problems in 2018 (was forced to miss Halle for that reason), Peter had scored 23 wins last season to achieve a career-high ranking in June ahead of Wimbledon. Gojowczyk was the finalist in Delray Beach and Geneva and the second part of the previous season turned into a disaster for him, dropping 13 of the last 19 main draw matches to leave the top-60.
The German has had a slow start of 2019 as well, winning five ATP matches and never reaching the quarter-final round, having to play the first Challenger events since the end of 2017. Ranked outside the top-100 and with the form and momentum to gain, Peter is hoping for a good run in Halle that would serve as a turnaround in his fortune and the springboard towards better results.
Back in 2008, Gojowczyk failed to qualify for the main draw in Halle at the age of 19 and suffered a tough loss two years later when Noam Okun took him down in the second qualifying round. After four years, Peter had returned to Halle in 2014, making the main draw debut and ousting world no.
9 Milos Raonic in straight sets en route to the quarter-final where Alejandro Falla prevailed in two tie breaks. In 2015 and 2016, Gojowczyk couldn't find the place in the main draw and that will change next week, hoping for a good draw and much-needed wins.