2016-06-10 11:19:00 CET
So much to play for in fascinating Deutsch Derby
Olympic hopes hang in the balance when Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik and Markus Böckermann/Lars Flüggen go head-to-head on Center Court at noon today.
After last night’s incredible draw that pitted two of the best German men’s teams together in the first round, the reality hit for both teams – the losing team is in jeopardy of missing out on the Olympic Games in Rio.
Such pressure has never been seen on a first elimination round before – and that’s the beauty of the Swatch Major Series!
Both German partnerships are tied on 4,610 points in the race to reach Rio so both teams will watch Mexicans Virgen/Ontiveros with interest in their match with Alvaro Filho/Vitor Felipe. The Mexicans lie just 180 points behind. Should the Mexicans go on and clinch a fifth place finish they will head to the Olympics.
And don’t rule out Canadians Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter – they can overhaul the losing German team and the Mexicans if they go on and get a medal – they will need at least a bronze.
It’s all ifs and buts – but the picture will become a lot clearer later today!
But one thing we do know is that it promises to be a fascinating day on the sand here in Hamburg. Just like we promised it would!