Silver Medal for German Tennis Team with KIT Participation
For the fourth time, a German student team took part in this international participated in this international Nations Cup. This time the venue was Aix-en-Provence, near Marseille. The team for this cup consists of three women and three men, with two women's singles, two men's singles, one women's double, one men's double and one mixed. men's doubles and one mixed. Thus a total of 7 points could be could be awarded.
The German team was represented by the ladies Carolin Daniels (Uni Paderborn), Franziska König (University of Health Management SB) and Anna-Benita Fuchs (University of Karlsruhe) and the men's team with Michel Dornbusch (DSHS Köln), Frank Wintermantel (University of Heidelberg) and Patrick Pradella (University of Bielefeld). and balanced. The support team consisted of team manager Claudia Hoffmann-Timm and Coach Rüdiger Bornemann.
After two fourth places and one fifth place in the previous years the German team, seeded in fourth position, had set their sights on a place on the and should fulfill this intention.
The German team met China in the quarter-finals, where a closed team performance a clear 7:0 success was achieved. was achieved. After this successful debut, the semifinals were against local hero and last year's finalist France. Only the women's singles of Carolin Daniels was lost to France. France. All other matches could be won and thus a a surprisingly clear 6:1 victory. In the final the favored the favored team from the USA. Just like the German team, the Americans had won their matches on the had won their matches on the previous days. With this self-confidence the US team went to work and won the two hard-fought women's singles. women's singles. The men had a difficult starting position with the 0:2 starting position. Michel Dornbusch and Frank Wintermantel were waiting for their chance. their chance. However, they could not withstand the enormous pressure of the Americans. and so these two men's singles also went to the US team. The final match was already decided in favor of the USA. decided in favor of the USA. In the doubles, which were then no longer decisive, the German pairings were able to achieve two more victories with refreshing, pressure-filled and two victories. The mixed doubles match was again lost to the USA for a final score of 5:2. to the USA for the final score of 5:2.
The first-time participation in the final rounded off the thoroughly positive performance of the German appearance of the German university team in France. The parade of the nations with the preceding band, the reception and the drawing of lots in the town hall as well as the final gala dinner including party party on Sunday evening, gave the event a dignified setting and made the tournament an extremely tournament to an extremely successful event for all participants.