Jule Niemeier is eliminated in the first round of the French Open. Not the only bad sporting news for the Dortmund tennis player.
Tennis player Jule Niemeier not only had to cope with her own first round failure at the French Open on the Pentecost weekend. Born in Dortmund, like BVB fan Jan-Lennard Struff from the Grand Slam tournament in Paris, she was feverish in vain in the Bundesliga title fight with Borussia.
“It hurt extremely. I still noticed it today,” said the 23-year-old about her feelings. “Coming from the city you know what it would have meant to the club and the whole city. It felt like losing, like playing myself. Now I’ve lost two days in a row, felt that’s why I had it me two very humble days.”
BVB missed the chance of winning the German championship after beating FSV Mainz 05 2-2 in a long-distance duel with FC Bayern Munich.
Niemeier himself was eliminated right at the start against the Russian Darja Kassatkina with 3:6, 4:6. She was also cheered on from the stands by her former doubles partner Andrea Petkovic, who was sitting next to coach Christopher Kas. “She has a lot of experience, it’s definitely good to have someone like that on the team and to exchange ideas and learn things,” said Niemeier about the collaboration. “Of course I hope that it stays that way in the future and that she can be part of the matches or tournaments from time to time.”
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