Gigantically tall and often dressed in red, Simon Rösner, world No. 12 and eighth successive winner of the German Nationals, can’t wait to get back on the Drexel University courts for the Delaware Investments U.S. Open in Philadelphia.
Germany’s Rösner had hopes to move into the world’s top ten, but lost to Egypt’s Tarek Momen in a thrilling five-game match at the recent Hong Kong Open. In the first round of the U.S. Open Rösner is set to face France’s Mathieu Castagnet, world No. 19, for the ninth time.
Rösner admits to not being the world’s biggest soccer fan, but was thrilled by Germany’s World Cup win, though saves most of his sports-love for squash.
What are some personal goals for this year’s U.S. Open?
This year’s goal is to reach the quarters again.
What are you most looking forward to about this year’s U.S. Open?
I love the set-up, the organization and the whole atmosphere. I can’t wait to be on court at Drexel University again.
What do you think about your U.S. Open draw?
It’s a tough draw as usual these days. Everyone is able to get through in my quarter, so there are some exciting matches to look forward to.
Best U.S. Open memory?
Beating Tarek Momen last year for a place in the quarters.
Most embarrassing U.S. Open memory?
Luckily I haven’t got one!
Who are your squash idols?
Forehand overhead volley crosscourt nick
Favorite food or drink in Philadelphia?
How did you feel when Germany won the World Cup?
I might not be the biggest biggest soccer fan, but still I was really happy and thrilled and the euphoria in the country was huge.