Regensburg. The start of the tennis season will bring a new nation competition to Australia. One woman from Regensburg definitely wants to be there: Wimbledon quarterfinalist Julie Niemeyer would also do without Christmas with her family.
German tennis player Joule Niemeyer, who has been in Regensburg by choice since 2021, wants to take part in the new United Cup to be held in Australia at the end of the year. “If there was Germany, I would have played,” Niemeyer told the German press agency. In the new team competition from December 29, 2022 to January 8, 2023, men and women will compete together, just as in the Hopman Cup.
The new format provides for two women’s and two men’s singles as well as one mixed. A total of 18 teams will take part in the event in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, which will award $15 million in world ranking points along with prize money. Which countries will be participating will be announced in the coming weeks.
Alexander Zverev is also interested
Germany’s top player, Alexander Zverev, has also indicated his original interest in participating. However, the Olympic champion has just returned to training on the tennis court after suffering a serious leg injury in early June.
Zverev, who hasn’t played a match since the semi-finals of the French Open in Paris, will be in good preparation for the United Cup Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on January 16. Zverev had earlier planned to launch show events in Saudi Arabia and Dubai in December.
To Australia just before Christmas eve
Niemeyer will also leave Christmas with his family to participate in the new competition. Eventually, she will fly to Australia shortly before Christmas Eve. “Of course it’s a pity,” said the 23-year-old who was born in Dortmund. But part of the job I’ve seen over the years is that you sometimes have to cut back in terms of family. ,
In March 2021, Niemeyer moved to Regensburg. There she works with tennis coach Michael Gesserer and physio and fitness trainer Florian Zeitzelberger, the formerly successful team of former Regensburger Julia Gorges. – nb