TRIMBACH, March 12, 2015
The ITF Future Circuit has arrived in Trimbach, a municipality in the district of Gösgen in the canton of Solothurn, for a 15.000 US-$-event kicking off a short Swiss indoors swing including one more tournament in Taverne next week. In this small town with about only 6.500 inhabitants, two interesting players can be found in the main draw, who try to get back on track for success.
The event’s top-seed is 26-year-old Swiss Yann Marti, who quit Switzerland’s Davis Cup team during last week’s first round tie against Belgium in Liège. Team captain Severin Lüthi left the world number 292 out of the line-up for the first two singles, although Marti was the team’s best ranked player after Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli were not part of the squad. Marti called it later “the biggest disappointment in his career” and told that Lüthi didn’t have confidence in him, although he had practiced a lot during the week. Marti and the Davis Cup remained a headline in the Swiss media for the next couple of days but the 26-year-old has eventually arrived at his next tournament in Switzerland and announced that he doesn’t want to talk anymore about the happenings from Liège. “I wanted to be on court again as soon as possible in order to rejoice in tennis,” told Marti at the Tennis Center in Trimbach, where he reached the quarterfinal winning against Frenchman Constantin Belot, fellow countryman Johan Niklas but lost to German teenager Johannes Haerteis on Thursday evening.
The Swiss was actually on target for a meeting with Daniel Brands in a possible final on Saturday. The 27-year-old German has reached the stage of the final four through straight sets-victories over Nicolas Rosenzweig, Jan Blecha and Moritz Baumann. Brands, the former world number 51, has dropped in rankings for more than 300 positions after he had suffered from mononucleosis in 2014. One year before, the German had celebrated his biggest win in his career when Brands beat Roger Federer at the Swiss’ home tournament in Gstaad in July 2013. In Trimbach, the man from Deggendorf aims for reaching his first final of the season. “Physically I feel fit but I still have to work on my game. I have often problems to find the right positions on court hitting the ball. That’s why I make too many errors,” Brands told the Solothurner Zeitung and added that he will switch to clay courts after this week. Brands will be back on the ATP World Tour competing at the 250-events in Casablanca, Bucharest and Munich. “Returning to the bigger tournaments is the reason for me to work hard every day,” he said and Trimbach could be one step in the right direction.