Rolstoeltennisser Joachim Gérard (ITF 5) Wednesday for the first time in action during the Australian Open. He strikes in the first round (quarterfinals) of the Swede Stefan Olsson (ITF 6).
“I start with a good mind in this tournament, although I the past weeks, no great results could present,” says the 30-year-old Gérard. “Ever since I got here, it is feeling much better and I feel ready.”
In the first round was Gérard linked to Stefan Olsson, with whom he has a duo in the doubles. “Playing him is always strange, because even more than my doubles partner, he is in the first place, a very good friend. It is, however, a good draw because he seems not in a great shape to condition. There will be no gifts will be distributed.”
At the end of last year won a Gérard for the third time in the Masters. That was a boost for the confidence. “That Masters win by the Japanese Kunieda, world number 1, right, proves that I have the potential have for beautiful things to happen. The goal this year is clear. I want to be a grandslam win and aim at the first place. It is not easy because when you win against Olsson, I may Kunieda. And except for the player who received a wildcard, everyone can be the tournament win. I will be so very good to play.”