Trier (dpa/lrs) – Struff had survived Australian Open qualification and was then knocked out in the first round against last-time American semi-finalist Tommy Paul. Struff is only 153rd in the world rankings, but he has often performed well in the Davis Cup. “Of course the absence of Jan-Lennard weighs heavily because he is an absolute team player and we have always been able to count on him and his victories, especially in the Davis Cup,” said the team boss. Michael Kohlmann.
In addition to long-injured top players Zverev and Altmaier, Oscar Otte and doubles specialists Tim Pütz and Andreas Mies are nominated. Doubles player Kevin Krawietz has disappeared after becoming a father for the first time.
Last season, the German men of tennis qualified for the intermediate round in Hamburg and reached the quarter-finals after a successful qualifying match in Brazil. In the round of the top eight, Germany lost to eventual Davis Cup winners Canada in Malaga, Spain.
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