Congratulations to Philipp and Jürgen for the victory in Wimbledon
I translated an interview with Philipp from a German newspaper:
„Better to grow up late than never“
July, 5th, 2010-07-05
By Christian Oeynhausen
Phillipp Petzschner is the first German winner of Wimbledon since 1992. He won the doubles competition together with his tennispartner Jürgen Melzer. In this KSTA interview the 26 years old talks about his change and his unexpected luck.
Mr. Petzschner, can you already believe your big coup from Wimbledon?
PHILIPP PETZSCHNER: It’s crazy. I talked on Sunday two or three times with my doubles partner on the phone, just to ask him, if he has already realized it. It’s really the biggest dream of every tennisplayer to play in Wimbledon and to be able to win on the Center Court. Then you go up to the Royal Box, the Duke of Kent gives you the trophy and mentions in addition that Germany has won 4:0 against Argentina. You stop thinking, you just feeling. These are truly beautiful and positive feelings. That we are now listed in the history books of tennis is just crazy.
Your partner Jürgen Melzer knew during your match how the encounter between Germany and Argentina had ended?
PETZSCHNER: His girll-friend signalised it to him after the 2nd set. He asked me whether I would like to know the result and I said to him: No, I want to concentrate on the 3rd set. We managed to do it well and so it was the perfect 3rd July.
Have you been focused in Wimbledon from the start mainly on the doubles?
PETZSCHNER: No, the other way round. For both of us singles was the main priority. When someone would have gone far in the tournament like Jürgen in Paris, we would have thought about stop to play doubles. But then we both lost in the singles, he against Federer, I against Nadal, the two best singles players. Then we said to ourselves that we now would try to go as far as possible in the doubles. But never in our wildest dreams we thought we could win.
Is the doubles title less worth than the one in singles?
PETZSCHNER: That’s how you see it from the outside. When you in Germany had a winner in Wimbledon in the singles then you „only“ won the doubles. But every player can confirm: To win Wimbledon once is so exceptional that it really doesn’t matter whether it is in singles or doubles. There are many good players around who would like to have this experience at least once.
How did Melzer and you found together?
PETZSCHNER: We are good friends since 2 years. We split from our doubles partners in the last year as we said that we wanted to focus in 2010 on our careers in the singles. We have the same fitness coach and that’s where we met in October 2009 and Jürgen asked me whether we could play doubles it if would suit into our schedule. Then we reached the 3rd round of the Australian Open and won in Zagreb. So we saw that it worked.
You have said after the final: „As long as we are friends we are playing together.“ Is it necessary for a doubles to be friends?
PETZSCHNER: It is not essential, but it helps us. We are both emotional guys and complement each other. When I feel bad he knows what he has to say to get me out of the hole. The other way round it’s the same.
You were seen as the upcoming star when you were a junior and then as the eternal talent. Just now, with 26 years, you are nearing the top of the rankings. What have you changed?
PETZSCHNER: I had other priorities earlier on. I always played good tennis, but have never seen it as THE job and therefore didn’t do everything for it. I have seen it more relaxed and thought it would work this way. My life would be beautiful as it is. That was the mistake. 2 or 3 years ago I sat together with my wife and my manager and said: I need a team of excellence around me, who would work with me. 4 years ago I was ranked #400 in the world. Meanwhile I have reached the 30ies. I have become a good worker, although I will never be the grafter as others are. But I have completely geared my life to tennis.
Are you more satisfied now than in previous times?
PETZSCHNER: Absolutely. Success always gives you satisfaction in your job and additional motivation. I don’t want to miss my old life though. I have experienced a lot, many funny anecdotes, but not successful ones. The time was great, but you have to grow up. Better late than never. To be honest: I should have made this decision already 2 or 3 years earlier. But I can’t change it. Now I have 5 or 6 years ahead of me where I can play tennis on a very high level.
Was there a sporting turning point?
PETZSCHNER: I had a little bit luck at the beginning of my second career. I could qualify for the US Open, had a great match against Tommy Haas and was allowed to play Daviscup 3 weeks later. That was a defining experience. You go out there, hear your name and they play the national anthem for you. There you get hungry for more of those apperances.
At the moment you can’t play for Germany because you haven’t signed the athletes agreement for reporting obligation for doping controls.
PETZSCHNER: There’s no problem at all. I discharge every demands of the ITP and ATP. I just said that I don’t play Daviscup in 2010 in order to push my career in singles. The Daviscup doesn’t fit into my tournament schedule. It was a difficult step to abandon the national team. But I think I can help the team in the next years a lot. From 2011 I’m available again.
So it wasn’t a decision against the control system?
PETZSCHNER: No. I don’t want a special treatment. It got mispresented from the media and the association. It was a decision for my tennis, for me as a player. I get still controlled, also in Wimbledon, with a blood test and everything else. 2011 I’m going to sign the agreement like every player, even though it is cracked.
What’s your aim for the ranking? You are currently #38.
PETZSCHNER: 2010 Top 30, 2011 Top 20. My coaches and my team are convinced that it can go really high. Whether I can go to #27, #19 or #13 – I just want to play as good as I can.
German source: http://www.ksta.de/html/artikel/1277385931150.shtml