HAMBURG – Oscar Otte lost his third singles for the German tennis team at the Davis Cup in Hamburg. The 29-year-old lost 6-7 (6-8), 1-6 to Thanasi Kokkinakis, allowing the Australian team to draw in the final group stage. Earlier, Jan-Lenard Struff asserted himself confidently against Max Purcell.
So the result is twofold. Kevin Kravitz/Tim Butts, undefeated in Davis Cup, will meet Wimbledon winners Matthew Epton/Purcell. The winners will top Group C and meet Canada in the quarter-finals in Malaga at the end of November. The second is to deal with the Netherlands.
Kohlschreiber bids farewell to Davis Cup team
Two and a half months after his career ended, Philipp Kohlschreiber was dropped from the Davis Cup squad by the German Tennis Association (TDB). DTB chairman Dietloff von Arnim presented the 38-year-old with a photo display of his appearance for Germany in Hamburg, and Kohlschreiber was honored with a collection of his victories on the video wall of the center court in Rothenbaum. “It’s been a great journey that I’ve been able to enjoy. I’ve had some very emotional moments in the Davis Cup. I’m lucky to have played well there,” Kohlsreiber said.
Augsburger ended his career at the end of June after qualifying for Wimbledon. “In total you have been nominated for the Davis Cup 22 times. You are one of the most capped players for Germany,” said van Arnim. Kohlschreiber has earned nearly $14 million in prize money and won eight tournaments in his 21-year career. In the world rankings, his best finish was 16th in July 2012.
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