BMW Open in Munich: The longest victory speech in history

Just before 11 a.m., Ralf Exel, the legendary broadcaster for the BMW Open, stood in front of the MTTC Iphitos Club and announced a slight microphone delay. It was still raining. Then he was arrested. Andreas Meese, 31, showed up first and asked to be allowed to say something. We’re fit, we’re about to get started,” Mays said. Then Kevin Kraweets, 30, showed up and shouted, “We’re happy!” Shortly thereafter, the two of them, Crowets and Mies, walked into the central court yard, and just announce yourself, that was the usual number of two. This duo is not only the most successful German duo, they have won the French Open twice. Mies and Krawitz are also two happy men. Press conferences alone usually have more entertainment value than evening shows on television. They were right at the beginning of the week Iphitos Award He earned, which the club gives out once a year, a PR gimmick for tournament personalities.

However, they are of course still serious tennis professionals, a week ago they won the title at the ATP Championships in Barcelona, ​​and it was a special victory, “the last victory in Paris in a while”, recalls Mies. It was October 2020. At that time he already had problems with his knee, which was followed by an operation and a long fracture. Earlier this season, after a few tournaments with other partners, he returned to the field along with Krawietz. They harmonized tolerably, at the Australian Open, they made it to the third round, but a more difficult time followed.

Then Andreas Mess also talked about catering

Mays contracted the coronavirus and, despite the vaccination, had been “really bad for six weeks”, he reported in Munich. Krawitz also struggled mentally. The Coburg player continued to play smoothly after a long 2021 season and felt tired in his head. It took a long time while Mays was competing in a competition in Phoenix. Mies admitted that with the success at Barcelona, ​​”a huge burden has been lifted”.

Things improved in Munich. They confidently reached the final, defeating Brazilian Rafael Matos and Spain’s David Vega Hernandez 4:6, 6:4, 10:7 (Champions’ tiebreak) in front of family and many friends in the stands. After their fifth round title, the two gave what was probably the longest victory speech in tennis history, and eventually Mays went on to catering. Had it not been for the singles final, the two would probably still have talked. By the way, Mies from Cologne, that’s all you need to know.

Too small for a winning car: Holger Ron, 19, won the ATP Championship in Munich – and still has to get his driver’s license.

(Photo: Matthias Schrader/The Associated Press)

The winner of the singles competition was Dane Holger Rune, but the 19-year-old took advantage of the opponent’s resignation in the final, Botic van de Zandschulp, which came out of nowhere. The Dutchman, who qualified as a qualifier at the US Open last fall, left the field at 4:3 with chest pains. He came back 15 minutes later and gave up after four points. It was later announced that world circuit number 40. Be stable again.

So Ron managed to don leather pants to a fun awards show and then let model Lena Gercke drive the sports car twice in a circuit. Ron does not have a driver’s license yet. But he reassured him with a laugh, but wanted to do it “next week”. Ron, who sent Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-2 in the second round, is now in the top 50. In men’s tennis, with the exception of the best Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, 18, no teenager climbs as hard as him.

Tournament organizer MMP, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pro Sieben Sat 1 media group, has announced a new record. “We were all sold out in six days out of nine, and we’ve never had that before,” said Christian Okun, managing director of Cologne Agency. A total of 41,600 spectators attended the facility, despite it raining Tuesday. It is very likely that the weather will change similarly next year, and the ATP tour is completely redesigning the tournament calendar – and the Munich event could even take place at an early date. A decision is likely to be made in the coming months.

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