Slovakian Josef Kovalik won the singles final at the Challenge Tournament in Tulln. The tennis break in Tulln doesn’t last long: in less than a week, the Davis Cup duel between Austria and Pakistan will take place at the Tulln Tennis Club.
Kovalik defeated Dutchman Gili Seals 7:6 7:6 and won the title at the ATP “Lower Austria Open”. Winner Kovalik analyzes the match “In somewhat windy conditions today, I was a little better able to keep the balls flat and thus expose the wind to a lower surface to attack.” It’s the 29-year-old’s sixth title. Challenger Tour.
Up to 1,500 spectators have space at the Tulln Tennis Court. The winner Kovalik described the second edition of the tournament as “fantastic”: “There were a lot of spectators from the first day, the ball kids did everything right and the organization in general was perfect,” said the Slovak.
Home win in doubles
Around noon, Alexander Erler of Tyrol and Lukas Midler of Tulln won the doubles final – more on that at Erler/Midler won ATP titles in Tulane (noe.ORF.at; 10 September 2022). “You always want to win the title in the final, and more so in front of a local crowd,” local champion Midler said after the match in an interview with ORF.
The 13 Austrian players were initially in Tulln – “a clear sign of the upward trend in domestic tennis,” the president of the Austrian Tennis Federation, Martin Ohnberg, said at the awards ceremony. Good signs for the week ahead: The Davis Cup will be held there on September 16-17. The Erler/Miedler duo were nominated this week by ÖTV captain Jürgen Melzer for their doubles playoff matches against Pakistan as a solid start.
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