light up The eyes of Jeffrey von der Schulenburg, when he tells the story of his last tennis trip. Especially from Osaka, Japan. "It was really crazy," he says. "The stadium was beautiful and nearly full, it had thousands of spectators."
it was level Played at Grade-A-tournament, an Event of the highest Junior in the Utsubo Tennis Center where a short time before the women's tournament Naomi Osaka had triumphed. Von der Schulenburg played in the Final, but since everything had become too much. In front of so many people he was occurred never. He was outclassed by the French Harold Mayot 6:1, 6:2.
It is a rainy morning at home with the Schulenburgs in Küsnacht on Zurich's gold coast. Anywhere to hang medals and trophies. Jeffrey, 17, is the second-youngest of four athletic children, likes to tell of the last few months. After a prolonged period of Stagnation the breakthrough came suddenly: Meanwhile, his old Dominic Stricker and Leandro enjoyed toured Riedi across North America and the Junior tournament of the U.S. Open began, he took the next start-up: From the end of August, he played in Cairo, Cape town, Osaka, and Nagoya, winning 26 of 30 matches, two tournaments, and stand twice in the semi-final and Final.
Four juniors in Melbourne
"Since Egypt, it's all been uphill," he says, beaming. He brought in these three months almost all of his points, is now number 22 in the Junior ranking, and can plan for 2020 fix with the Junior Grand Slams. Melbourne, Paris, Wimbledon and New York are the reward for the best talent, here you can get a taste of the big world of tennis. And anyone who has experienced this once, back on the big stage. In Melbourne is likely to be in the round of 64 Junior tableau four Swiss in: Stricker, Riedi, of Schulenburg, and a year younger Jérôme Kym.
"playing In the juniors at the front, is not a guarantee for a professional career," says Sven Swinnen, Trainer at Swiss Tennis. "Each Year, only two, three Europeans in the Top 100. But who is the Junior top, has almost no Chance." Since his recent triumph may dream of the Schulenburg again. A stubborn abdominal muscle strain had him tied for a long time. In addition, he was not sure what he wanted. Or better: He wanted the fives and the best device, the high-school and a tennis career.
Until 3 o'clock in the morning learned
Von der Schulenburg visited the arts and sports grammar school Rämibühl in Zurich, but had to realize last year that it was too much for him. Sometimes he met up two, three o'clock in the morning, and at six o'clock he had to get up for tennis training. Since this year, he is now studying at the Online high school, Laurel Springs. In English. That was for him the beginning of a change, although his parents grew up in America and spoken at home, English is. "I sound like an American," he says. "But my vocabulary is already bigger."
In the case of Swiss Tennis, you do everything to not promote the tennis hopes, which are so numerous as in France,
or the United States.
An online degree requires a lot of self-discipline. The effort is greater than the Schulenburg had thought. Three hours daily he has to sit down at the Computer and learn. He has recognized: "It is important that I make the difficult subjects when I'm home. Then I can devote myself to the simple, if I'm on the road. The Good news is that I can learn anytime, anywhere." It would be like Stricker, Riedi and Kym permanently in the national performance centre in Biel, he would not muster the necessary self-discipline, he believes. He commutes between Küsnacht and Winterthur, where he trained in the Academy of Roman Vögeli.
a professional or a College?
The Online high school gives him until its conclusion in one and a half years, to devote himself primarily to Tennis. The question is whether he then puts on a professional, or as his two years older brother Henry to an American College is and will continue to play. Henry is in Harvard, the rows 21-year-old sister, Ella, and studied at Yale, and both rave about the College life. There are tennis pros who have been to the College yet successful professionals such as John Isner, Kevin Anderson and Steve Johnson. But they are rare.
Von der Schulenburg sounds for his 17 years of very Mature, reflected, and made his way differentiated. Swiss Tennis you supported him on this. You do everything to not promote the tennis hopes, which are so numerous as in France, or the United States. "For Jeffrey, and this is currently the best solution," says Swinnen. "He is happy to be home. He can also train with us at any time in Biel, if he has no sparring partner."
Currently makes use of the Schulenburg a physical structure, and soon, he may take the Racket back to the Hand. And in two weeks he flies to Florida for two more tournaments. The Christmas holidays in Klosters from the traps this time is a little shorter than usual, because soon after that to Australia. These are exciting days in the life of the talented teenager.
Created: 06.11.2019, 14:02 p.m.