BIBERACH, December 3, 2015
On Thursday an attractive entry list has been released for the 44th edition of the National German Tennis Championships, taking place in Biberach from 15 to 20 December. Five women ranked inside the top 100 will come to the town with about 32,000 inhabitants, located in Upper Swabia in the south of Germany. Julia Görges, Mona Barthel, Carina Witthöft, Anna-Lena Friedsam and Laura Siegemund will headline the singles action. Antonia Lottner will defend her title.
“This is fantastic and the best entry list we have had since the tournament has taken place in Biberach,” told tournament director Rolf Schmid.
The men’s entry list is led by former world number 35 Philipp Petzschner and Matthias Bachinger, currently ranked on 220th position. Youngsters Maximilian Marterer, Jan Choinski and Daniel Masur complete the list of favourites for the title.
“The National Championships are a very important tournament for me, as I have the chance to watch all of our talents under competition conditions. It outlines the indivdiual performances at the end of the year,” said Germany’s Davis Cup captain Michael Kohlmann.
A mixed competition will be a special feature in Biberach this year. With Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Philipp Petzschner two Wimbledon champions will team up together. “We want to put a focus on the mixed doubles. It is a competition, which plays an important role in all four majors as well as at the Olympic Games,” told Ulrich Klaus, president of the German Tennis Federation DTB. “With Anna-Lena and Philipp, we are proud to present two top stars in the business,” he added.
Grönefeld captured two Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles, winning alongside Mark Knowles in Wimbledon in 2009 and with Jean-Julier Rojer at Roland Garros five years later. Petzschner won the doubles title with Austrian Jürgen Melzer in Wimbledon in 2010. One year later, both lifted the trophies at the US-Open.
More information can be found on the tournament’s website.