Federer injured, Wawrinka not qualified – for the first time since 2001 the ATP Finals of the eight best tennis players are taking place without Swiss. However, this is not entirely true.
As Junior winner of the French Open Dominic Stricker was also invited to London by the ATP – as a training partner for the stars. It goes without saying that the 18-year-old from Bern only needed a short period to think about his acceptance.
Rublew and Thiem as opposite
He has been in London for ten days with his coach Sven Swinnen, staying in the same hotel as the world’s elite. Initially, the two Swiss went through their program alone. In the course of the last week, however, we started training in the big concert. “The intensity and the speed are on a different level,” says Stricker. He was surprised at how much and how intensively the top stars train even on the days before the matches.
The left-hander is particularly popular with Rafael Nadal’s opponents. On Sunday he trained with Andrei Rublew before his match against the Spaniard, on Tuesday he was on center court with Dominic Thiem. At least the Austrian was helped by the warm-up with Stricker – he defeated Nadal in two sets.
“Everyone has a chance”
On Wednesday, Stricker slips into the role of Nadal double for a two-hour training session with Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek defending champion will play against Rafa for the semi-final ticket on Thursday.
How Stricker’s program will look after that is still open. At least he will watch the matches as a spectator. As an insider, does he have a tip on which player is particularly hot in London? “That is difficult to say. Actually everyone here has a chance of winning the tournament. ” (cmü)