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Kohlschreiber Preparing For Halle Title Defence

Halle, Germany

Kas Kohlschreiber© Gerry Weber OpenGermans Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber pose for a photo in Halle.

World No. 26 Philipp Kohlschreiber is in Halle preparing for his title defence at the Gerry Weber Open, which begins 11 June.

The German has produced consistent success at the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court event, reaching the quarter-finals or better in six of his seven appearances, highlighted by his title victory over countryman Philipp Petzschner in 2011.

“I felt very comfortable here last year and I return with a lot of self confidence and strength,” said Kohlschreiber. “I am looking forward to good tennis and am looking forward to my opponents. Of course I want to be as successful this year as last. I am really looking forward to the matches, I am in top form and I hope to get a bit of luck of the draw.”

The 28 year old believes his success in Halle is a result of the tournament’s environment.

“The atmosphere at the Gerry Weber Open is always fantastic and that spills over onto the players and their performances,” Kohlschreiber said. “The crowd in Halle always gives me a lot of energy and the atmosphere is ecstatic and I feel at home here.”

Kohlschreiber captured his fourth career ATP World Tour trophy at the BMW Open in Munich earlier this season, giving him three titles on home soil.

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