German duo Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies will be part of the German team that takes part in the inaugural ATP Cup to be held in January, alongside Alexander Zverev, Jan-Lennard Struff and Mats Moraing in Brisbane. Speaking about the competition, the duo said they are looking forward to getting a chance to interact with German legends such as Boris Becker, the captain of the ATP Cup team, and Tommy Haas.
Krawietz commented, "It’s great to be a part of the team and the team feeling, travelling around the world and following results of other German players. It’s great that former German players remain involved in the sport, such as Boris Becker, who will be the captain in Brisbane, plus Tommy Haas, Michael Kohlmann.
It’s a big thing for us." When asked about their favourite factor related to Australia, Mies says, "I like how relaxed Australia is. I went to Melbourne this year and I felt that the people were very nice. It’s completely different to Germany, where things are strict and people are stressed.
Australia is more relaxed." while Krawietz says, "For me, Australia has a nice climate and delightful cities." Speaking about their teammates and their sense of humour, Krawietz says, "Struffi is humorous, even when he doesn’t attempt to be.
Kohli can have a dry and ironic sense of humour." whereas Mies says. "We're Germans, we don't joke! No, no, we like to joke around and have a lot of laughs. I once took a German player’s car key, and he was so stressed, looking around non-stop" Besides tennis, the duo also played several other sports when they grew up.
Krawietz says, "I started playing tennis, football and a little bit of basketball, then I had a decision to continue with two sports" whereas Mies says, "Growing up, I played a lot of football, that was probably my main hobby until 10-11, when my parents said they couldn’t drive me four times per week for tennis and football.
So I had to decide. I tried athletics and swimming too, but I stuck to tennis." The duo won the Roland Garros title earlier this year and say that life changed for them after winning their first Grand Slam title. Krawietz says, "It was a special moment after Roland Garros.
The walk from the Halle practice court to the hotel normally takes just a few minutes, but this time it took 30 minutes because we were signing so many autographs. We were very grateful and humbled. We helped conduct the singles draw and there were 200 people watching us.
It was a great feeling" Meanwhile, Mies says, "Life has changed since then for sure, playing smaller events and the ATP Challenger Tour. It was a big surprise, even for us. There was a lot of attention all of a sudden, as it was 82 years since the last all-German pair (Gottfried Von Cramm and Henner Henkel) won a Grand Slam championship in 1937.
There was so much attention in the first few weeks and we didn’t sleep very much the first few days as our phones were going off so much. Going to Halle and having so much attention, we weren’t used to it."