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Kovalik wins "Tennis Festival" in Tulln

Kovalik wins “Tennis Festival” in Tulln

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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.

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26-year-old Lucas Midler (blue jersey) and 24-year-old Alexander Erler claimed their fourth Challenger title of the year.

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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