Nothing certain

Nothing certain

It’s not true that only death and taxes are certain in life. June has just begun, so it’s obvious we’re in Płock on Poland’s largest and oldest wheelchair tennis tournament. For the 25th time, anyway.

The presence of Tadeusz Kruszelnicki is almost equally obvious. It is easier to number cases when he could not play in Płock. Once for sure, maybe two – even he can’t remember. On the other hand, the public knows that he is a ten-time finalist of the POPO, including record five titles. This achievement is very difficult, almost impossible to beat, because the next on the list – Frederic Cattaneo, Martin Legner and Ricky Molier – have three titles and this year they did not come.

Kruszelnicki scored a comfortable 6:0, 6:2 victory over Mariusz Jakubowski today and advanced to the second round, but it will be very difficult to repeat 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008 or 2011. The Pole now faces Ruben Spaargaren, seeded number 3. In nine days the Dutchman turns 20 years. He was born a year after the tournament, in which Kruszelnicki appeared in the finals for the first time. The still teenager is a favourite not only because the birth certificate, but also over 50 places in the ITF ranking. In sport, however, contrary to life, nothing is certain. So maybe…