News : National team – Schweinsteiger criticizes EM waiver of Boateng – Sport
National team, Boateng: Rio world champion Bastian Schweinsteiger has criticized national coach Joachim Löw for not having nominated Jérôme Boateng for the EM in the return campaign. For him personally, this decision was “a mystery”, since Boateng was “the best” central defender of the past season, Schweinsteiger said Sports picture: “He’s also better than all defenders who are now in Germany’s EM squad.”
Schweinsteiger was also disappointed that Bayern Munich’s honorary president Uli Hoeneß (“I wouldn’t take him with me”) publicly did not stand up for Boateng. “That surprised me. I always knew Uli Hoeneß so that the most important thing for him was to protect Bayern’s own players,” said the former Bayern professional: “I don’t know if there is still something between the two . For me, the performance is crucial. And there is no getting around Jérôme Boateng. “
Schweinsteiger welcomed the fact that Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels are back in the DFB squad for the European Championship (June 11 to July 11). “The idea of performance must be paramount, the best must be there,” said the 36 year old. Müller had “performed sensationally” and Hummels had “a lot of experience”.
Tennis, French Open: Surprise by Jan-Lennard Struff: The 31-year-old German number two eliminated the number seven seeded top player Andrej Rublew in the first round of the French Open. The Warsteiner prevailed on Tuesday at the start of his 30th Grand Slam after a splendid performance with 6: 3, 7: 6 (8: 6), 4: 6, 3: 6, 6: 4 against the Russian. A little later, Philipp Kohlschreiber also had a success in the duel between the veterans and Fernando Verdasco. On his 16th participation in Paris, the 37-year-old Augsburg defeated the Spaniard of the same age 7: 6 (7: 3), 6: 2, 2: 6, 6: 4. His best results in Roland Garros in 2009 and 2013 were the round of 16.
The 13-time title holder Rafael Nadal managed to make it through to the second round of the French Open despite a little effort. The 34-year-old Spaniard beat Australian Alexei Popyrin 6: 3, 6: 2, 7: 6 (7: 3). Especially in the third set, the favorite had to stretch a lot and make up a 2: 5 deficit. “That was a very difficult match against a very good player. I’m happy that I still won the third set,” said Nadal: “I’m always very happy to be back here.”
Nadal not only wants to expand his status as the undisputed king of the clay court in Paris, he could also become the sole record holder with his 21st Grand Slam title. Currently he is tied with Roger Federer (Switzerland), the world number one Novak Djokovic has 18 major titles. The number one seeded Serb started the tournament effortlessly on Tuesday evening 6: 2, 6: 4, 6: 2 against the American Tennys Sandgren. In the second round, Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay is now waiting for the co-favorite.