Krefeld The Krefeld tennis Bundesliga club welcomes TC Rosenheim on Friday from 1 p.m. Only if they win is there a small hope of remaining in the class. On Sunday, the Stadtwald team is a guest at the newly promoted TC Bredeney.
“There are always miracles.” In 2012 and 2013, the song by Katja Ebstein was something like the club anthem of the HTC Blau-Weiss Krefeld. Because the team managed to save the game very surprisingly on the last day of the game in Erfurt.
A year later, when the club celebrated its 90th anniversary, the Lower Rhine rivals Blau-Weiss Neuss surprisingly provided the necessary support to stay in the class with their victory in Bremerhaven.
The latter could now be repeated in the Bundesliga’s 50th anniversary year. Because if the Krefelders win their home game against Rosenheim on Friday (from 1 p.m.) and on Sunday at newly promoted TC Bredeney (from 11 a.m.), then Neuss could save HTC from relegation on Sunday with a win in Rosenheim. But no one in the camp of the Stadtwald team expects that anymore, just as they did back then.
But there has already been a rescue scenario at the green table twice. In 2010 and 2011, the Krefeld team were relegated. At that time they had gone 17 games in a row without a win, which is still a negative record in the 1st division. But since the second division champions TV Osterath and a year later TC Radolfzell decided against promotion, the blue-whites stayed in league one and have had little to do with relegation since then. This year, the second division champions from the north (Tennispark Versmold) and south (Frankfurter TC) are not expected to give up. In the end, Versmold was only ahead by a nose because of the better match ratio compared to Blau-Weiss Aachen.
Of course, the Krefeld team made every effort this week to set up a strong team for the final sprint to stay in the class. That was not easy. Because some players are no longer in Europe. Stefano Travagliga, who suffered a bitter defeat on Sunday when TC Großhessenlohe played against Jan-Lennard Struff, has been training at Hüttenallee ever since.
Federico Gaio arrived in the city forest on Wednesday, bringing with him his compatriot Enrico Dalla Valle, who failed to qualify on Monday at the Challenger tournament in San Marino. Things are going better there for Marco Cecchinato, who played his round of 16 game on Thursday evening and is therefore not available for blue and white. Andrea Arnaboldi, who belongs to the Italian quartet of the HTC against Rosenheim, has a short journey to the city forest. The 34-year-old lost his round of 16 match against the Indian Sumit Nagal 5-7, 6-7 at the Challenger tournament in Meerbusch on Wednesday.
Since Rosenheim are not quite on the safe side yet, they will probably arrive with the squad that won 5-1 against Ludwigshafen on Sunday. All other teams that have nothing to do with winning the title or relegation usually give up their top players towards the end of the season to save money. It is questionable whether this also applies to TC Bredeney on Sunday. Because the financially strong climber wants to say goodbye to his fans with a win.
It is not yet clear whether HTC Blau-Weiss will play in the 2nd division north next year, when the sixth relegation in the club’s history can no longer be avoided. “We’re not thinking about that just yet. But I can’t imagine blue and white without professional tennis,” said press spokesman Jörg Cells on Thursday.