With the opening ceremonies and competition draws having taken place yesterday at the Dresse and Maere Cup in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the German national deaf tennis team took to the court with the women losing in the first round and the men winning.
Germany lost to the US women’s team 3 – 0 after the team had to pull out because of injury to Heike Albrecht. The men were more successful, going 2 – 1 against Great Britain.
Germany drew the USA, Great Britain, and Russia in their group. The men have USA, and Great Britain. Peru, Papua New Guinea and India withdrew shortly before the start of the tournament, resulting in smaller groups for the men.
Going into the tournament, the team goal was to qualify for two semifinals. The Dresse and Maere Cup is billed by organizers as an opportunity for young deaf to gain international experience in advance of the 2017 Summer Deaflympics. It uses the same format as the Fed Cup for women and the Davis Cup for men.