On Friday April 12th the German Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas’ national final took place.
The players, qualified through the online tournament held two weeks before, faced each other in BNP Paribas Frankfurt’s office. Matches lasted the entire afternoon.
Fatih Kadimli won the national final after having prevailed over Mijo “Crodgroba” Barisic in his last match (3-1 / 3-2). However, his talent and will to win were really tested in the match that saw him face Luís, the winner of the German online tournament. We witnessed a real fight between the two players. Every point counted and the tension was high. The match ended with a very close Super tie-break.
As the winner of the German offline national final, Fatih gets a 300 € cash prize and his ticket to the International final, that will be held in Roland-Garros stadium on June 8th and 9th. There, he will compete against 11 players, each of them representing his/her own country.
Fatih comes from Frankfurt. He loved playing in his city. He works in the pharmaceutical industry and is a football lover as well as a tennis fan.
Below, Fatih’s interview right after his victory:
A few words on qualifications?
I am so happy to go to Paris! It was not a tough one. The online qualification and the offline national final were so different! I played better today than I did two weeks ago. In the online qualification, I lost in the quarter-finals 3/0 3/0 against Luís, who won the online qualification. I still managed to be among the 8 players qualified for the national offline qualification. And today, I beat him. The conditions were really different; the game is much more complex offline. It requires different skills
Among your future opponents in Paris, which ones do you fear the most?
I believe that the French winner will be hard to beat, France has the best talents in the ranking of Tennis World Tour, and he or she will play at home.
How did you prepare for the German final?
I had help from a couple of good training partners. Thanks to them, I was well prepared and ready to play. Thank you guys!
What do you think of the tournament?
It is great to finally give tennis the opportunity to shine in the virtual world and to find its place in eSports. FIFA has arrived, there are many tournaments around football. Tennis must draw from this and create its own tournaments. Thanks to the organizers for opening the way.
A word on the "Roland-Garros" version of Tennis World Tour, which you could test in exclusivity?
The game improves, it is better than of Top Spin!