The disappointment after their early exit in the quarterfinals at the French Open should have been over for Krawietz/Tecău by Sunday at the latest. The Brose-backed tennis player and his Romanian doubles partner Horia Tecău won the final of the ATP 500 tournament in Halle, Westphalia.
Against the unseeded duo Hurkacz/Auger-Aliassime, the favored Krawietz/Tecău won in two contested sets 7:6 (7:4), 6:4. Krawietz thus secured the sixth ATP title of his career and the first on grass. At the same time, it is the first title for Krawietz/Tecău. At the beginning of May, Krawietz and Wesley Koolhof had already won the BMW Open in Munich.
The first set was characterized by strong service play from both sides. There was a total of five break points, but neither doubles team was able to take advantage of them, so the tiebreak had to decide the set. Krawietz/Tecău improved once again and used small advantages to win the set after 51 minutes.
In the second half of the second set Krawietz/Tecău gained the upper hand. Leading 4:3, they failed to capitalize on two break points, but did better at 5:4. After nearly an hour and a half, they converted their second match point to win the tournament. "We are super happy. Playing in Germany and winning makes us proud."
Starting June 28, the tennis elite will meet in London for the Grand Slam tournament of the Wimbledon Championships. After the successful start of the grass court season, we are looking forward to Horia and Kevin in Wimbledon and keep our fingers crossed.
Krawietz/Tecău will also play all the other tournaments together until the end of the year, as Kevin's regular partner, Andreas Mies from Cologne, is still recovering from an injury.
The only exception to this will be the Olympic Games in Tokyo. For these, Kevin will team up with the German doubles expert Tim Pütz. Another doubles team will be formed by Alexander Zverev and Jan-Lennard Struff. The tournament will start on July 24.
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