Saturday, June 11, 2011
* Eight guys in the top 100.
* Right before the French, victory in the World Team Cup.
* Two of them, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Philipp Petzschner, played in the final of "hometown" tournament in Halle, with Kohlschreiber taking the title.
In other words, it's starting to look like Germany's once again becoming a force on the ATP Tour. Of course, I'm not saying it's like the days of Boris Becker and Michael Stich, or even Tommy Haas and Nicolas Kiefer, because none of those guys currently ranked among the top 100 have seen the top 10. But watch out, though, because the increased depth will only inspire players to keep reaching higher to outshine their compatriots. There's nothing like a little homegrown inspiration/competition: Look at how Spain has benefited from that.
I don't know if any of the German guys really have Slam-winning potential, but I think it's good to see them making an impact on the tour.