Europe Cup Men

Everything is open in Austria

Photo: Photo PLOHE

The second leg of the Europe Cup Men will be played on Saturday in Austria. Previously, Italy’s USD Apuania Carrara Tennistavolo lost after the long distance thriller against SolexConsult TTC Wiener Neustadt 2:3.

Last week’s host depended heavily on newly crowned champion of the WTT Star Contender Doha 2022, Andrej GACINA and he justified his role with two wins. Unfortunately it was insufficient because Frane KOJIC beat Lubomir PISTEJ and Tomas KONECNY overcame Mihai Razvan BOBOCICA and in the decisive duel Felix WETZEL beat PISTEJ.

“We were unlucky. I was play good, but MUTTI was positive for covid and he was not able to come and PISTEJ suffered by the back injury until the beginning of the match. Ten days before he got injury and he started not well recovered. His performance was not at the top level. The important math between Mihai Razvan BOBOCICA and Tomas KONECNY was decided with one point,” said GACINA.

It was 3:2, so everything is possible.

“It is very open match ahead of us. We have chances, but we are not thinking of it; we only wants to give our best. After, we will see and analyse.”

Frane KOJIC is satisfied with the outcome of the opening leg.

"In the first match, whole team was at the level which allowed us to win. However, with the 3:2 victory, there is absolutely no advantage for return leg. Saturday is the new day we will play the new match in different venue and with different balls…"explained KOJIC.

Only what is for certain, for Croatian star, is the faith in the team.

"We will give our best and we will try to make our supporters happy on the home soil. We are aware they are favorites having GACINA playing in superb shape now, but everything is open," concluded Frane KOJIC.