German doubles specialist Kevin Krawietz admitted it was a bit of weird to travel to Paris withous his doubles partner and cliose friend Andreas Mies. Krawietz and Mies, who won the last two French Open titles, won't be gunning for a three-peat at the tournament this year.
Krawietz is set to play in Paris with Horia Tecau, while Mies is at home recovering from a right knee surgery. “It’s a little bit confusing not to go together,” Krawietz told the ATP website. “We tried to practise and after that he said, ‘Okay, I think it’s a tough decision, but I think I’ll get the surgery now, because then I can hope to continue a couple more years,’” Krawietz recalled.
“Then I was standing there thinking, ‘Okay, what do I do now?’”
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“It’s not easy on one hand. Of course I want him to do well and I want him to win his matches, but of course it hurts a little bit, too.
I would like to be next to him and trying to fight together for more titles and more wins together,” Mies said. “We played the past three years together. I accepted the situation. It wasn’t easy at the beginning.
The first few weeks were rough because you know you’re out for quite some time. But then I accepted it and now it’s fine for me to watch the matches." Krawietz and Tecau have had success together as they are the 11th team on the Race to Turin list.
“That’s our goal: to play every tournament, to go for the title and go for the big tournaments trying to beat everybody,” Krawietz said. “It’s very unlucky from Andy’s surgery and I hope he’s getting healthy soon and can compete as soon as possible. But at this moment we’re going day by day, week by week with Horia”.