It was just over twelve months ago the doubles team of Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz made their Roland Garros debut and surprised us all becoming the debutant winners and the first German pair to win in a major in the Open Era.
Their win in Paris was one of the most incredible stories from the doubles tour but this year the next chapter in their journey together was not what they expected.
The global pandemic brought tennis to a halt but Andreas and Kevin are two great guys who have experienced success but know the importance of giving back and they did that.
Kevin 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 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
A brilliant gesture by two fantastic guys!
This year returning to Paris a few months later than usually they had a dream to do something no male doubles team have done since 1955 and that is to defend their Roland Garros title.
In 1955 when it was the French Championships and before the Open Era it was the all American team of Vic Seixas and Tony Trabert.
It was a tough run for the German pairing who after seeing off French pairing Bonzi and Hoang in three sets (the only set they dropped all tournament) they went onto beat the 13th, 9th and 7th seeded teams to win the title.
Pavic and Soarer stood in their way of a repeat of last year, the US Open champions put up a good fight but 6-3 7-5 was enough despite seeing a late break point on their serve.
Last year the duo fell to the clay and this year, it was the same again!