Who is your favorite tennis player
How long have you been at TCWR Neukölln? And since when have you been an active trainer at the TCWR?
I started playing white-red at the TC when I was 9 1/2 years old. My first trainer was Alfred Gerstel, who was very well known in Berlin at the time and was still teaching when he was 80 years old.
I started in 1965 as a trainer for the first women, the first men and the youth. Other coaching stations included the BSV and Blau-Weiß Grunewald. At LTTC Rot-Weiß I was a coach for 6 ½ years from 1976 to 1983. During this time I trained the first women and the youth - the women were German club champions twice under my supervision. I've been a coach for 43 years!
What is your focus of training?
The most important thing for me is that the players can put the strokes they have learned into practice. It doesn't help much to learn a lot of different strokes if you can't use them in play afterwards. My motto for the students is: "If other people enjoy playing with you, then you've come a long way."
What were your greatest achievements?
As a trainer?
My greatest success is the successful care of the 1st women of the LTTC Rot-Weiss, Grunewald, who won the German championships twice. At that time I was a recognized trainer across Berlin.
As a player?
For me, the most important thing was to move up to the regional league with the men 50+. We succeeded in 2001 and we were able to play there for 3 years. Of course, I'm also proud of my individual successes at the Berlin championships: I was four times Berlin champion and five times Berlin runner-up. I've even won 16 championships in doubles!
Who is your favorite tennis player and why is she this one?
My favorite player is Rod Lavor. He has won the Grand Slam series twice. He's a very fair player and knows all about it. A cool and strong player.
What do you like best about playing tennis?
I just enjoy playing tennis! Even if I have already given training for one day, for example, I am still available for every subsequent game. I just always like to play and try to pass the fun on to the players.
What annoys you most about playing tennis?
Cheating and improper behavior such as throwing clubs.
Have you already produced a well-known player and if so, who?
Yes, more than one. Among the women, the best known is Iris Riedel. She was twice German champion. That was 1978/80.
Then known here in the club is Katrin Pomann, the sister of ... She was among the top 10 of the German rankings.
Then Michael Brandt with the men. He was a Bundesliga player and also a Berlin champion. And Karsten Schulz, who also played in the Bundesliga. For the TC, Michael Lingner is of course a name that everyone knows. Michael was named “Trainer of the Year 2008” this year.
Do you have a tip on what everyone should keep in mind when training?
If you manage to get the ball into the field at least six times in a row, then you will mostly get the point.
I often go to the tennis club and you / they can just speak to me. Or by phone 0163 2588 142
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