Davis Cup Team Chief Regrets Struff's Absence at Wimbledon
London - Davis Cup Team Chief Michael Kohlmann expressed his regret over Jan-Lennard Struff's absence at Wimbledon.
"I know the effort he has put in to reach this position, to be seeded here," Kohlmann said in an interview with the pay-TV channel Sky. Struff is missing the grass-court classic due to a hip injury and will need a few weeks off.
Before his injury, the 33-year-old from Warstein had shown strong performances, reaching the finals at the Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid on clay and the Boss Open in Stuttgart on grass. As a result, he climbed to 22nd place in the world rankings. Sky expert Patrik Kühnen believed that, without the injury, Struff would have undoubtedly made it into the top 15.
"It's disappointing for him and for us as well. He embodies positivity and always motivates the German players in the locker room. So, of course, we miss him," said Kohlmann, who hopes that Struff will recover soon. After all, the German number two is also firmly scheduled for the Davis Cup qualification in Bosnia and Herzegovina in mid-September. The German team will be fighting to maintain their place in the World Group.