Throughout this Coronavirus crisis tennis has been figuring out what it can do to help. Money has been raised for incredible charities around the world, players have donated via funds but two players got stuck in at home and they are reigning Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.
Twelve months ago they pulled off a major shock in tennis winning at Roland Garros having come through qualifying in their first ever appearance together in Paris and a first Grand Slam title. Before 2019 most of their tennis was played on the Challenger/ITF circuit and suddenly for them everything changed.
12 months on from this incredible win they didn’t expect to be where we are now but they are pleased to be giving back.
Kevin who is 28 found out from a friend in Munich that a manager of a Lidl store needed help from when the pandemic first took hold. A few days later he turned up at 5:30am and got stuck in. He stocked shelves, disinfected shopping trolleys and did shifts as security as well. His boss didn’t know that Kevin was a professional athlete until German press broke the story but continued in his role for his community.
His partner Andreas who is 29 teamed up with German footballer Bastian Oczipa to provide a deliver service to essential workers and those with special needs in the community.
They delivered fruit to residents and staff of Lebenshilfe which is a charity that enables people with disabilities to leave a more independent life. Unfortunately they couldn’t visit the residents due to being high risk so wrote them cards.
“We just wanted to make them smile and do our part to help the community,” – Andreas Mies
What incredible gestures but two fantastic doubles players. 2019 was the year of their lives on the tour and a big breakthrough year despite being in their late 20’s and now have had to adapt again but for a good cause.
It is great to see two players doing something hands on to help as well, a lot has been done by those involved in the sport raising money and in a time where we have seen some issues and disagreements within the sport it’s absolutely fantastic to see these champions helping out their local community!