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20 years ago: Michael Westphal def. Tomas Smid 6-8 1-6 7-5 11-9 17-15

KarstenBraasch#1
10-04-2005, 01:34 AM
This memorable match happened on October 4th 1985 in the Davis-Cup semifinal Germany vs. Czechoslovakia, played in Frankfurt. :)

It was the second singles match. Boris Becker had already beaten Miloslac Mecir in straight sets.
It went way past midnight and is famous for Westphal ripping the carpet surface during a point.

This was Westphal's biggest career win. He died in 1991 from AIDS when he was only 26 years old.

sigmagirl91
10-04-2005, 01:50 AM
Any pics of him? I never got to see what he looked like.

MisterQ
10-04-2005, 02:33 AM
Thanks for noting that anniversary. :cool: Sounds like an amazing match!

sad about Westphal :(

Eden
10-28-2006, 06:52 PM
Any pics of him? I never got to see what he looked like.

http://www.gib-aids-keine-chance.de/img/pool/145x145/aktionen/praevention/MichaelWestphal.jpg

http://www.wdr.de/themen/_images_/images/1/gesundheit/krankheit/aids_westphal_gq.jpg

http://www.tennisredaktion.de/images_reportagen/westphal_michael_001.jpg

The message that Michael died was the most sad day as a tennisfan.

It would be great if someone who has the Daviscup match against Smid would upload it :)

Boris Franz Ecker
10-28-2006, 08:07 PM
Great match by Westphal, nearly the only one of his career.
His girlfriend named Jessica later married Michael Stich (already divorced).

gusman890
10-28-2006, 08:13 PM
wow, what a way to win a tie for DC.

a national hero for that time no doubt.

Voo de Mar
10-28-2006, 08:16 PM
How many match points Westphal saved in that match? Does anybody know? I would like to see such an amazing match :)

Allure
10-28-2006, 08:40 PM
This memorable match happened on October 4th 1985 in the Davis-Cup semifinal Germany vs. Czechoslovakia, played in Frankfurt. :)

It was the second singles match. Boris Becker had already beaten Miloslac Mecir in straight sets.
It went way past midnight and is famous for Westphal ripping the carpet surface during a point.

This was Westphal's biggest career win. He died in 1991 from AIDS when he was only 26 years old.

Not to be rude but how did he contracted AIDS? I tried looking it up on Wikipedia but to no avail.

Voo de Mar
10-28-2006, 08:47 PM
Matches with the longest fifth set in the Open Era (on account of games):

40 games:
A.Roddick - Y.El Aynaoui 4-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 (Australian Open 2003)
38 games:
R.Ashby - J.Medrano 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 5-7, 20-18 (Davis Cup 1991)
N.Marques - N.Zimonjic 3-6, 6-0, 2-6, 6-3, 20-18 (Davis Cup 1992)
M.Philippoussis - S.Schalken 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 20-18 (Wimbledon 2000)
36 games:
P.McNamee - T.Nelson 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 1-6, 19-17 (Wimbledon 1987)
34 games:
T.Svensson - J.Andrews 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 9-7, 18-16 (Wimbledon 1975)
32 games:
P.Gerken - J.Mandarino 3-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, 17-15 (Wimbledon 1975)
M.Filippini - A.Jordan 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 17-15 (Davis Cup 1987)
M.Westphal - T.Smid 6-8, 1-6, 7-5, 11-9, 17-15 (Davis Cup 1985) *
D.Tursunov - A.Roddick 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 17-15 (Davis Cup 2006) *
30 games:
F.McNair - N.Saviano 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 8-9, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1977)
Y.Noah - R.Smith 6-7, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 16-14 (Australian Open 1988)
D.Rostagno - M.Davis 6-2, 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1988)
J.Hlasek - P.Korda 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1992)
F.Santoro - A.Clement 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 16-14 (Roland Garros 2004)

* World Group.

ae wowww
10-28-2006, 09:09 PM
Matches with the longest fifth set in the Open Era (on account of games):

40 games:
A.Roddick - Y.El Aynaoui 4-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 (Australian Open 2003)
38 games:
R.Ashby - J.Medrano 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 5-7, 20-18 (Davis Cup 1991)
N.Marques - N.Zimonjic 3-6, 6-0, 2-6, 6-3, 20-18 (Davis Cup 1992)
M.Philippoussis - S.Schalken 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 20-18 (Wimbledon 2000)
36 games:
P.McNamee - T.Nelson 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 1-6, 19-17 (Wimbledon 1987)
34 games:
T.Svensson - J.Andrews 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 9-7, 18-16 (Wimbledon 1975)
32 games:
P.Gerken - J.Mandarino 3-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, 17-15 (Wimbledon 1975)
M.Filippini - A.Jordan 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 17-15 (Davis Cup 1987)
M.Westphal - T.Smid 6-8, 1-6, 7-5, 11-9, 17-15 (Davis Cup 1985) *
D.Tursunov - A.Roddick 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 17-15 (Davis Cup 2006) *
30 games:
F.McNair - N.Saviano 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 8-9, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1977)
Y.Noah - R.Smith 6-7, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 16-14 (Australian Open 1988)
D.Rostagno - M.Davis 6-2, 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1988)
J.Hlasek - P.Korda 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1992)
F.Santoro - A.Clement 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 16-14 (Roland Garros 2004)

* World Group.

Why is it that Wimbledon quallies (also, is it other GS quallies?) that play best of 3 sets, but still with the long 3rd set? I dug out this result, which beats any of the quoted, although it was only the third set:

44 games:
J.Thomas - S.Prieto 6-4, 4-6, 23-21 (Wimbledon 1999)

Voo de Mar
10-28-2006, 09:17 PM
44 games:
J.Thomas - S.Prieto 6-4, 4-6, 23-21 (Wimbledon 1999)

Also 44 games in other qualifying match:
C.Guccione - O.Patience 4-6, 7-6(3), 23-21 (Wimbledon 2005)

But the record comes from junior's match:
50 games:
R.Henry - C.Morel 7-5, 6-7(3), 26-24 (Wimbledon 2002)

:devil:

ExcaliburII
10-28-2006, 11:24 PM
36 games
R3 - L.ARNOLD-KER / D.NALBANDIAN (ARG) def. Y.KAFELNIKOV / M.SAFIN (RUS)
6-4 6-4 5-7 3-6 19-17

NYCtennisfan
10-28-2006, 11:43 PM
Matches with the longest fifth set in the Open Era (on account of games):

40 games:
A.Roddick - Y.El Aynaoui 4-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 (Australian Open 2003)
38 games:
R.Ashby - J.Medrano 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 5-7, 20-18 (Davis Cup 1991)
N.Marques - N.Zimonjic 3-6, 6-0, 2-6, 6-3, 20-18 (Davis Cup 1992)
M.Philippoussis - S.Schalken 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 20-18 (Wimbledon 2000)
36 games:
P.McNamee - T.Nelson 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 1-6, 19-17 (Wimbledon 1987)
34 games:
T.Svensson - J.Andrews 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 9-7, 18-16 (Wimbledon 1975)
32 games:
P.Gerken - J.Mandarino 3-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, 17-15 (Wimbledon 1975)
M.Filippini - A.Jordan 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 17-15 (Davis Cup 1987)
M.Westphal - T.Smid 6-8, 1-6, 7-5, 11-9, 17-15 (Davis Cup 1985) *
D.Tursunov - A.Roddick 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 17-15 (Davis Cup 2006) *
30 games:
F.McNair - N.Saviano 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 8-9, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1977)
Y.Noah - R.Smith 6-7, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 16-14 (Australian Open 1988)
D.Rostagno - M.Davis 6-2, 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1988)
J.Hlasek - P.Korda 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1992)
F.Santoro - A.Clement 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 16-14 (Roland Garros 2004)

* World Group.

Flip in that Wimby match against Schalken only faced 4 break points in 41 service games. :eek:

Smid had a long and successful DC career.

Voo de Mar
10-29-2006, 02:16 AM
36 games
R3 - L.ARNOLD-KER / D.NALBANDIAN (ARG) def. Y.KAFELNIKOV / M.SAFIN (RUS)
6-4 6-4 5-7 3-6 19-17

Also 36 games in doubles:
Z.Franulovic / R.Maud - I.El Shafei / B.Fairlie 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-9, 19-17 (Wimbledon 1971)
B.Gottfried / R.Ramirez - A.Amritraj / A.Amritraj 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 19-17 (Wimbledon 1980)
J.McEnroe / M.Stich - J.Grabb / R.Reneberg 5-7, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 19-17 (Wimbledon 1992)

But there were matches with more games in the 5th and final set (Open Era): :)

38 games
B.Hewitt / F.McMillan - R.Lutz / S.Smith 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 3-6, 20-18 (Wimbledon 1969)
42 games
D.Visser / L.Warder - J.Grabb / R.Reneberg 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 22-20 (Australian Open 1993)
44 games
P.Aldrich / D.Visser - S.Davis / R.Van't Hof 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 23-21 (Australian Open 1990)
M.Knowles / D.Nestor - S.Aspelin /T.Perry 5-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 23-21 (Wimbledon 2006)
46 games
H.Gunthardt / B.Taroczy - P.Annacone / C.Van Rensburg 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-7, 24-22 (Wimbledon 1985)

Boris Franz Ecker
10-29-2006, 09:19 AM
Matches with the longest fifth set in the Open Era (on account of games):
...
30 games:
F.McNair - N.Saviano 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 8-9, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1977)
Y.Noah - R.Smith 6-7, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 16-14 (Australian Open 1988)
D.Rostagno - M.Davis 6-2, 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1988)
J.Hlasek - P.Korda 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 16-14 (Wimbledon 1992)
F.Santoro - A.Clement 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 16-14 (Roland Garros 2004)

* World Group.

Incomplete. For example this one is missing:
Waske, Alexander (GER) - Galvani, Stefano (ITA) 6-4 6-7(2) 4-6 6-3 14-16

Wimbledon 2006

Voo de Mar
10-29-2006, 01:40 PM
Thx :yeah:

Eden
01-26-2009, 02:19 PM
This memorable match happened on October 4th 1985 in the Davis-Cup semifinal Germany vs. Czechoslovakia, played in Frankfurt. :)

It was the second singles match. Boris Becker had already beaten Miloslac Mecir in straight sets.
It went way past midnight and is famous for Westphal ripping the carpet surface during a point.

This was Westphal's biggest career win. He died in 1991 from AIDS when he was only 26 years old.

Someone has uploaded a few scenes of the match where you can see the carpet incident:

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jonathancrane
01-26-2009, 02:25 PM
:eek:

Voo de Mar
01-26-2009, 03:00 PM
Someone has uploaded a few scenes of the match where you can see the carpet incident:


:eek:

Thank you for posting Doris :hug: It was at 5:5, advantage Westphal in the third set, so this amazing moment turned around the match in some sense. What an extraordinary and epic match, knowing Westphal's case it's like "write the history and die!" :sad:

How many match points Westphal saved in that match?

Nachdem er bereits eine Stunde zuvor beim Stande von 7:6 nach einer 5:2-Führung im fünften Satz den ersten Matchball nicht verwerten konnte, gewann er doch noch mit 17:15. Damit führt Deutschland 2:0 und hat die große Chance, in das Daviscup-Endspiel einzuziehen.

Does it mean, Westphal had first match point at 7:6 in the fifth an hour before he finished the match, but earlier was leading 5:2?

He was serving as a first player in third, fourth and fifth set, so Smid was forced to chase all the time. I hope to watch the entire match somewhere in the future. The match lasted 5 hours 29 minutes.

:worship:

Eden
01-26-2009, 03:08 PM
Thank you for posting Doris :hug:

You are welcome :)

I really hope that the complete match will be uploaded one day.



Nachdem er bereits eine Stunde zuvor beim Stande von 7:6 nach einer 5:2-Führung im fünften Satz den ersten Matchball nicht verwerten konnte, gewann er doch noch mit 17:15. Damit führt Deutschland 2:0 und hat die große Chance, in das Daviscup-Endspiel einzuziehen.

Does it mean, Westphal had first match point at 7:6 in the fifth an hour before he finished the match, but earlier was leading 5:2?


Yes, you translated it right Voo :yeah:

Raquel
01-26-2009, 06:21 PM
I've never seen that happen to a carpet court before :eek:

Of course back then it was more common to use actual carpet, rather than the rubberized indoor courts you normally get now. Great performance from Westphal :)

Eden
09-23-2009, 12:56 PM
Match of his life: Michael Westphal

http://www.sportal.de/photos/09/09/f99af60253a9b74dda3a7d5e4952ec58.jpg
Michael Westphal wrote German Davis Cup history

There are moments which make you famous and immortal overnight.
sportal.de looks back on the touching career of Michael Westphal, who left this world much to soon.

In the match of his life against Tomas Smid the tennisplayer played himself into the hearts of a whole nation in 5 hours and 29 minutes.

Becker triggered off the tennisboom

It was Friday, October 4th, 1985 in the Festhalle in Frankfurt. Whole Germany was having tennisfever. The German team was playing in the Semifinal of the Davis Cup against the CSSR for the entry into the final.
A few months before a 17 years old redhead named Boris Becker from Leimen had won the most famous tennistournament of the world in Wimbledon and triggered off a boom of the previously seen as dusted and snobby "white sport" in Germany.

In the wake of Boris Becker other hopeful talents grow up to excellent players. This apllied to Michael Westphal, who wanted to go alongside Boris Becker with the German Davis Cup team for the second time since 1970 into the final. In the Festhalle of Frankfurt there was laid a fast carpet especially for Boris Becker to help to implement this project. Boris Becker didn't have much problems with Miloslav Mecir in the first single and put the German team into a 1:0 lead.

The Davis Cup has his own laws

Afterwards Michael Westphal and Tomas Smid entered the Festhalle for the second single. The 20 years old Westphal was the clear outsider against the routinier Smid, who was supposed to prefer more from the fast carpet surface as the curly head from Hamburg. The Czechoslovak, who would work later on as a coach for Boris Becker, was an established Top 20 player and the #1 of the doubles ranking in that year. But that the Davis Cup has his own laws proved to be true in this memorable match.

http://www.sportal.de/photos/09/09/resize/364x208_ecabf37971740c61859ff7ec1bfbd342.jpg

The German team back then in Frankfurt: Captain Bungert, teamchef Pilic, Becker, Westphal, Maurer and Schwaier (from left to right)


http://www.sportal.de/photos/09/09/resize/364x210_d3a8534947760b86ed7cc80aac6845f9.jpg


Serve for a match which would get into the German tennis history

http://www.sportal.de/photos/09/09/resize/364x210_94ae501e0ab68d51d72e9ab38a314bbf.jpg

Here the carpet in the Festhalle of Frankfurt was still ok


http://www.sportal.de/photos/09/09/resize/364x206_534a75af505ee771dbd6bdce1daa46ce.jpg

The first two sets went to Tomas Smid. Captain Wilhelm Bungert tried to encourage Michael Westphal...


http://www.sportal.de/photos/09/09/resize/364x208_2604b0e92e86333926f56647eec07d6d.jpg

... which he managed most impressive. The player from Hamburg fought back into the match and forced a final 5th set...


http://www.sportal.de/photos/09/09/resize/364x209_89c04b2771ba384cfcafd1d4e69c9893.jpg

... which he would win 17:15. Afterwards the hero thanked the Frankfurt audience


http://www.sportal.de/photos/09/09/resize/364x208_f6397a8df05b3705206fb4b538a892ea.jpg

In the final Boris Becker and Michael Westphal lost 2:3 to the Swedish team in Munich


http://www.sportal.de/photos/09/09/resize/364x207_1ad7638c2e8b00cdab9e31d831cf2f0e.jpg

Together with his girlfriend Jessica Stockmann at the election of the athlete of the year 1985...


http://www.sportal.de/photos/09/09/resize/364x208_14547693e5d3f1ab24467296dc9e09b1.jpg

... which was won by the young Boris Becker


At first everything seemed to go perfectly for Smid, who won the first set with 8:6. Back then there was no Tiebreak in the Davis Cup, which was established 4 years later in 1989. So each set went to the full distance. This fact should give the match the special flair. After Smid had won the 2nd set without any problems 6:1 and was up a break in the 3rd not many people in the audience and in front of the TVs believed in Michael Westphal. But the curly head fought back into the match and was to serve at 5:5 in the 3rd set.

Carpet rest in the Festhalle of Frankfurt

What happened then probably nobody has seen before in a tennismatch. What happened? Westphal served, went to the net, made a lunge with his right feet in order to volley, slipped and pulled out a whole width of the green carpet. But he hold the balance, played the point at the net and even won it. He could be glad that nothing bad happened to him and that he came through this unscathed.

The match was stopped and the carpet new sticked. This unexpected break meant the turning point of the match. The last rally got repeated, but from this on Westphal could cope better and better with Smid, who didn't benefitted from the carpet rest. Westphal won the 3rd set 7:5 and at the latest then mesmerised the whole audience and half of the nation in front of the TV with his fighting spirit. At 4:4 in the 4th set the mishap with the carpet happened again. On the way to the net Westphal catched his foot in the carpet and pullet it oud. The match was stopped once again in order to refit the carpet.

Game, set and match Westphal - 6:8 1:6 7:5 11:9 17:15

The match got more intensive minute by minute. Michael Westphal fought till he drops, won the 4th set 11:9 and forced Smid into a deciding 5th set. The audience celebrated each point of the German as it would already be the matchpoint. The 5th set was on a knife-edge and became longer and longer. The audience in the Festhalle meanwhile had lost track of time and the millions of people in front of the TV were in anticipation of the sensation from the German player.

And so it happened. Defeaning supported by the audience Michael Westphal wrestled Tomas Smid down shortly before midnight in an epic long 5th set with 17:15 and put the German team into a 2:0 lead.
Germany had a new tennis hero! With 85 games it is until today the single with the most games ever played in the history of Davis Cup world group.
In the end of the semifinal it was a 5:0 win for the German team and the second time the Germans reached the final of the Davis Cup.
Michael Westphal was luckless in the final against Sweden and lost both of his singles. Germany lost 2:3 and had to wait for the first win of the "ugliest salad bowl of the world".

HIV virus slumbered in the body of Westphal

As heroic the performance of Michael Westphal had been against Tomas Smid, as tragic his further life went on. Barely one knew that the HIV virus slumbered in his body. When he was 16 years old he should have contracted himself with the immune disorder from a drug-addicted female classmate. His tennis career was over sooner as it had begun. His highest ranking was #49 in March 1986.

From then on it went steadily downhill in the ranking. People accused the bon vivant from Hamburg to have a lacking opinion of his job as he seemed to enjoy his private life more than his job. "I need to have fun at tennis", Westphal defended himself towards his critics.
In 1989 the immune disorder broke out, which had a debilitating effect on him and made many comeback attempts impossible. He suffered from loss of hair, skin allergies and had to take heavy meds. The huge support in his life was his girlfriend Jessica Stockmann who later married his friend Michael Stich and accompanied him in his most difficult and last hours.

Death at the young age of 26

In the night to June 20th, 1991 Michael Westphal died in the university hospital of Hamburg with just 26 years. Only 10 years later Jessica Stockmann revealed his HIV infection. "I promised him to be silent for 10 years and to fight against AIDS", she said, who established after the death of Michael Westphal together with Michael Stich the Michael Stich charity, in order to campaign for children with the HIV virus and draw attention to the fate of Michel Westphal.

What will be remembered of Michael Westphal? A role model, whose fighting spirit lives on in the bestowal of the Michael Westphal Award to people who render outstanding services to tennis and the fact, that players without a tournament victory and a high ranking can be immortal in the Davis Cup.


Source of German article by Christian Albert Barschel:
http://www.sportal.de/sportal/generated/article/tennis/2009/09/18/14319600000.html

Action Jackson
09-23-2009, 01:01 PM
He died very young and back then AIDS finished people off very quickly.

Some people miss the beauty of Davis Cup, and this was an example of it.

Voo de Mar
09-23-2009, 01:28 PM
Thanks Doris once again for very interesting article.

When he was 16 years old he should have contracted himself with the immune disorder from a drug-addicted female classmate.



How to understand this sentence? Is it was a sexual infection? She was a needle addicted and infected him by intercourse?

Johnny Groove
09-23-2009, 01:34 PM
Thanks Doris once again for very interesting article.



How to understand this sentence? Is it was a sexual infection? She was a needle addicted and infected him by intercourse?

That's what I'm thinking. She was a druggie and he had a go with her.

Fantastic article, I'd never read of Westphal before this and I'm glad I did. Great story.

Audacity
09-23-2009, 01:36 PM
true bloody legend....

Henry Chinaski
09-23-2009, 01:49 PM
what a badass getting up to win the point after the carpet incident.

most players nowadays would stay down crying and then take a 10 minute injury time-out

Eden
09-24-2009, 09:40 AM
How to understand this sentence? Is it was a sexual infection? She was a needle addicted and infected him by intercourse?

The writer doesn't mention how the infection happened, just that allegedly a 16 years old drug-addicted female classmate was responsible for it.

Neither Jessica Stockmann nor Michael Stich ever mentioned how Westphal got the virus.

Jessica once told in an interview that Westphal got the diagnosis in 1989 when he collapsed after a match at a tournament in Salzburg.

Jelena
09-24-2009, 10:32 AM
The writer doesn't mention how the infection happened, just that allegedly a 16 years old drug-addicted female classmate was responsible for it.

Neither Jessica Stockmann nor Michael Stich ever mentioned how Westphal got the virus.

Jessica once told in an interview that Westphal got the diagnosis in 1989 when he collapsed after a match at a tournament in Salzburg.
This match in Salzburg was his last ever singles match on Tourlevel. After that he played one doubles match with Eric Jelen in Hamburg in 1990.

Sunset of Age
09-24-2009, 10:43 AM
What a life story of extremes - Triumph and Tragedy - this Westphal :eek: :sad:. If he had been an American player, I bet the story would have already been made into a Hollywood tearjerker movie.
Thanks for posting, I never knew this.

Voo de Mar
09-24-2009, 11:33 AM
The writer doesn't mention how the infection happened, just that allegedly a 16 years old drug-addicted female classmate was responsible for it.

Neither Jessica Stockmann nor Michael Stich ever mentioned how Westphal got the virus.

Jessica once told in an interview that Westphal got the diagnosis in 1989 when he collapsed after a match at a tournament in Salzburg.

Probably it was very unfortunate sexual intercourse with inappropriate person :( The article is open, theoretically Westphal could have used an infected needle but I think it's very unlikely in case of young and promising sportsman to use the strongest way of changing own conscience.
Maybe nightmarish transfusion of blood like in Arthur Ashe case... but this hypothesis is also less probable because this way of getting a virus is usually connected with unknown people, not with classmates.

Eden
10-06-2010, 12:05 PM
Fantastic article, I'd never read of Westphal before this and I'm glad I did. Great story.

Well, he was active before you were born so it's not really a surprise that you never heard of him.

It's meanwhile 25 years ago that this legendary match between Westphal and Smid took place.

nadal_slam_king
10-06-2010, 01:10 PM
A lot of people wouldn't know if their classmates had HIV, especially back in the 80s when people would have been less likely to tell anyone if they had it (and also maybe the classmate didn't know she had it when she gave it to him).

Action Jackson
10-07-2010, 02:28 AM
http://www.sportal.de/photos/09/09/resize/364x209_89c04b2771ba384cfcafd1d4e69c9893.jpg

Eden
12-12-2010, 01:11 PM
For those of you who understand German:

http://termabox.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/der-aids-tod-von-michael-westphal-und-die-michael-stich-stiftung/

Click on Podcast and you can listen to a report about Michael :)

Eden
12-12-2010, 01:20 PM
Any pics of him? I never got to see what he looked like.

More pictures of Michael can be found here:

http://www.ndr.de/sport/legenden/westphal130.html

Voo de Mar
12-12-2010, 01:21 PM
For those of you who understand German:

http://termabox.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/der-aids-tod-von-michael-westphal-und-die-michael-stich-stiftung/

Click on Podcast and you can listen to a report about Michael :)

Danke Doris :yeah:

Voo de Mar
12-12-2010, 01:38 PM
I don't understand only what was saying that woman before Jessica.

Certinfy
12-12-2010, 02:26 PM
If only Isner vs Mahut didn't have Tie-Breaks, the 3rd set alone would of taken like 10 hours :rolls:

Eden
12-12-2010, 02:53 PM
Translation of the report:

Heribert Faßbender (German sportpresenter who was the reporter at the DC match): "I welcome you from the Festhalle in Frankfurt. Nearly 10 000 people want to see the 2nd singles between Tomas Smid, ranked #17 in the world and Michael Westphal, #2 in the German team and ranked #54 in the computer rankings."

That's how ARD commentator Heribert Faßbender welcomed the TV viewers on October 4th 1985 at 5 o'clock in the afternoon to the DC SF between Czechoslovakia and Germany.

Faßbender remembers 25 years later: "Westphal was rank outsider."

From his original commenting: "It's still disquiet in the hall so Smid has to wait with his 1st serve."

The 10 000 people in the hall and 12 000 000 viewers at home had to stay quiet until midnight when the match ended with a surprise.

Faßbender: "After 5 1/2 hours Michael Westphal has wrestled down Smid. There he is: Totally exhausted but extremely happy."

The victory in Frankfurt was the biggest trimuph from Michael Westphal, who was born on this day 45 years ago in Pinneberg near Hamburg.

Commentary from a report: "Is this boy going to end the misery in the German toptennis?"

With 9 years Westphal stood on the tenniscourt, with 16 years he was Junior European Champion, with 17 years he became professional due to the advice of his coaches and with the approval of his parents.

Michael's mother: "Of course we thought at first that he should do his A level but then my husband, Michael and me came to the conclusion to finish school after the secondary school leaving certificate. When it wouldn't have worked with tennis in 3, 4 years he wouldn't be too old to start something new in school."

At first everything went well for the 1m91 athlete - on the court and in his private life.

Faßbender: "His girl-friend, a certain Jessica Stockmann, became a very dominating part of his life."

Stockmann: "He was my first big love. I was 15 years old and he 17 years. We travelled through the world, went to the casino for the first time, we drank our first glass champagne together..."

Westphal: " I always said I feel better when she is with me and so she is accompanying me."

Michael Westphal enjoyed his young love and neglected the practice.

Westphal: " I like to go out and have a morning off or like to go on vacation. I'm my own master and that's how it should be."

Normal for a young man but not for a tennis professional. From 1986 on Westphal was losing one match after the other. Coaches and counselors were disappointed according to Heribert Faßbender.

Faßbender: " I remember that the DC captain Nici Pilic, who was known for his discipline, remonstrated with him and told him that he had to live more professional and to practice harder. Wilhelm Bungert told him the same."

Westphal lost sponsors and his club Blau-Weiß Neuss cancelled the contract with him.

Westphal: " The functionaries are strict and ditch you. When you play good it's because of them and when you lose you are responsible for yourself. You have to live with this. I think it's everywhere like this."

Adding to the sporting losses there was a mysterious illness from 1989. Westphal had a cardiac dysrhythmia, hair loss and skin allergies.

Faßbender: "There have been rumours back then that he would suffer from AIDS but it was said behind one's hands."

Boris Becker: " It didn't really happen amongst us athletes that someone would get this virus without ever having taken drugs or being homosexual. It was a real shock for us that someone got infected in having intercourse with another woman."

Michael Westphal allegedly got infected when he was 16 years by a drug-addicted classmate.

Emaciated to 55 kg he only came to the tournaments as a visitor.
He died on June 20th 1991 with only 26 years.

Stockmann: "Today he would still be alive. But it was at the end of the 80ies when they didn't have the medication of today. Today you are going to live with the virus for 20, 30 years. It was really bad timing."