What a finals day at the International German Junior Championships 2017! Two German winners, and finally including one Berliner: Germany’s top talent Rudi Molleker!
As the first player from Berlin since 2003 (Sebastian Rieschick), Rudi Molleker won in front of more than 1000 excited spectators. He is only the fourth Berliner to win the popular title, and the first from his home club “Rot-Weiss”. It is no wonder, therefore, that there was great applause after his match ball. Overall the match against the Rumanian Stefano Palosi was very balanced. A break with a 4-4 set win was enough for Molleker in the first set. Afterwards, the match was at a tipping point, when Palosi gained the lead with 2-0. However, Molleker counterattacked and didn’t allow his opponent any more wins. It is a great achievement for Rudi, who proved his exceptional position in international junior tennis with his victories in Offenbach and Berlin within two weeks.
Germany’s top talents, the Berliner Rudi Molleker and Jule Niemeier from Dortmund, are continuing their successful lockstep at the International German Junior Championships at the LTTC “Rot-Weiss”. Whilst Molleker defeated the left-handed Briton Jack Draper in two highly contested sets, Jule Niemeier played a considerably easier match against Qinwen Zheng from China. With 6-1 and 4-1 for Niemeier, Qinwen had to give herself defeated due to injury. Whereas the entry into the finals was expected from Rudi, Jule’s extreme improvement is a small sensation.