Open Generali 2022: Interview with Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies

Kevin Krawietz and Andrew Mies efficiently kicked off the 2022 Generali Open on Tuesday. The two-time French Open winners are contenders for the title in Kitzbühel. This is likely one of the explanation why the dialog within the participant’s space may be very relaxed.

by Jens Huiber

final edited: 27/07/2022, 07:49 am

Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz are playing for the title in Kitzbühel

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Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz are enjoying for the title in Kitzbühel

tennis web: Mr. Mies. You simply got here from the Johnny O’Mara match, which you and Ken Skupski beat at Wimbledon with Kevin. In an atmospheric match, the place O’Mara was all the time cheering on his associate. How a lot did you get from it?

Andrew Mies: We knew earlier than the sport that this could be Ken Skupski’s final profession sport. I used to be completely happy for him that he had such a great competitors once more within the third spherical. We have been warned. Because Klaasen and Melo had defeated them within the second spherical. Johnny all the time brings good power. And particularly within the competitors.

tennis web: Hamburg at sea degree final week, now in alpine Kitzbühel. How tough is the transfer for the doubles gamers?

Kevin Krawietz: You discover an enormous distinction between Hamburg and right here. On the opposite hand, I prepare largely in Munich, underneath considerably comparable situations. That would possibly make the transition just a little simpler for me. But you want a few days to search out the appropriate rigidity and the appropriate time.

tennis web: Interestingly, you do not work collectively that always.

Krawietz: We attempt to prepare collectively just a few weeks a yr. But we journey quite a bit. Then we need to spend the weeks we’ve free at residence. Me in Munich, Andi in Cologne. Now we’ve a protracted North American tour forward of us. Montreal, Cincinnati, then Winston Salem would lead as much as the US Open. Maybe we’ll put a coaching week in there.

Andreas Mies – “We do not want anybody to clarify doubles to us”

tennis web: Lukas Wolff has been new to the group for just a few weeks. What are your expectations?

unhealthy: We are completely happy to have Lucas within the group. He is a really constructive individual and an excellent tennis coach. Lucas would not have that a lot duplication of expertise. But we do not really feel like we’d like somebody to clarify duplicates to us once more. As tennis gamers, we’ve to maintain getting higher. For me, we’re engaged on my second serve and forehand return. These factors are supposed to return stronger. But we additionally need to work on our strengths.

tennis web: That can be …?

unhealthy: For instance my response to the net. I all the time go to the hockey discipline with my athletic coach in Cologne and stand within the aim there. He shoots ten tennis balls in a row at me – and I’ve to defend. But we additionally use many issues of this type on the tennis courtroom. That helps probably the most.

tennis web: How did the collaboration with Lucas come about?

Krawietz: I labored with Lucas just a few years in the past, and I left the tennis heart in Oberhaching. Andi and I talked about who can be a great match. Just a few names got here up. It needs to be proper for each of them. I hit it off with him, I do know his kind. And Lucas additionally acknowledged Andi from his days in Cologne. Lucas is nice at responding to totally different characters. It appeared in a short time.

“Roger, Rafa and Djokovic even have clear patterns”

tennis web: How is the preparation for the video games like? Is there an apparent verify?

Krawietz: We generally watch the upcoming opponents’ video games in threes, everybody takes notes. And after all patterns might be seen with Mektic/Pavic or Ram/Salisbury. But there are additionally clear patterns with Roger, Rafa and Djokovic. And you continue to cannot win in opposition to them. It’s about how one can deal with that within the sport. If Mektic and Pavic solely serve via the center and shut the center on the web – how can I go them?

tennis web: As talked about Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, how do you price the efficiency that Pavic not solely reached the Wimbledon ultimate with a damaged wrist but in addition virtually received?

unhealthy: I did not even discover that at the beginning. I turned on on the finish of the third set of the semi-finals in opposition to the Colombians. When Pavic was solely enjoying lobs with his again, I additionally noticed the tape and that he was holding the racket so unusually. You need to take your hat off as a result of they virtually nonetheless win this. Although it should be stated that it’s not fairly as tough on grass as it’s on sand or a slippery floor. Even if he makes use of a proper hand, you will not get as many factors when he returns to grass. It’s an enormous drawback, after all, however he has probably the greatest returning gamers subsequent to him in Mektic.

tennis web: You received the championships in Barcelona and Munich this season. What occasions did you’re feeling may have been higher?

Krawietz: Hard to say. Maybe the 2 semi-finals in Madrid and Rome, as soon as in opposition to Isner and Hurkacz, and then in opposition to Bolelli and Fognini. we’ve to win in opposition to Bolelli/Fognini, we’re main in a set and a break. And we have been the higher gamers in opposition to Isner/Hurkacz.

Kevin Krawietz on Davis Cup: “It’s a silly scenario”

tennis web: You misplaced to Lloyd Glasspool and Hari Heliovaara on the French Open and just lately in Hamburg. Is a formidable opponent rising?

unhealthy: Looking again now, Glasspool / Heliovaara was most likely the hardest draw of the primary spherical in Paris. They performed very effectively there and now they went via in Hamburg with out shedding a set. We knew it will be tough. Although it was clear that we received the match earlier than that in Munich. That’s why I would not discuss scary opponents. In Hamburg our efficiency was significantly better than on the French Open. But sadly we did not take our possibilities. We lose 4 non-ads in a row at 1-1, and it is already 1-5. But it may be simply nearly as good for us 4:2. Then you sit on the bench at 1:6 and suppose to your self: we performed effectively!

tennis web: The intermediate spherical within the Davis Cup in Hamburg is scheduled for September. Now Michael Kohlmann has the posh downside that he can select from the trio of Kevin Krawietz, Tim Pütz and Andreas Mies. How ought to the captain put it?

Krawietz: We all nonetheless do not know who it’s. We have three world-class doubles gamers. He has to hit somebody. I performed effectively with Pützi, now I’m at Andi’s aspect. It’s a silly scenario, no query.

unhealthy: “Kohle” sat down with all of the gamers in Hamburg and mentioned the scenario. Montreal and Cincinnati are talked about. Pützi is just a few locations forward of us within the rankings and he’s additionally doing an excellent job. My want is all the time to play for Germany. I’m nonetheless undefeated with Kevin in Davis Cup. But you additionally need to say: Kevin remains to be not misplaced to Tim.

tennis web: Hoping to anticipate a full home in Hamburg. How does that have an effect on a participant?

Krawietz: If we take a look at the Australian Open this yr: You performed in opposition to Kyrgios and Kokkinakis and there have been 5,000 individuals within the viewers. It’s not day-after-day that somebody serves a double fault and the stadium explodes. You cannot disguise that. The environment in Rio, the place I performed with Pützi, was additionally excellent. It’s all the time awkward when the viewers interrupts you once more earlier than the second service. The viewers can contribute quite a bit to success. Not eager to downplay the efficiency of Kyrgios and Kokkinakis.

This is the double document in Kitzbühel

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