Kerber eyes German Wimbledon-Euros double

Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:51am EDT
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By Ian Chadband

LONDON (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber is looking forward to a potential German sporting double over the next fortnight, aiming to win Wimbledon as one of the favorites while also cheering on her national soccer team at Euro 2016.

Australian Open champion Kerber revealed on Saturday that she had been hooked on watching the Euros, particularly the progress of Die Mannschaft, during her preparations in London.

On the weekend before the tournament, Kerber normally likes to take in a show in London's West End. Last year, it was Mamma Mia! and The Lion King.

This year, though, she reckoned her big night out would have to be on Saturday because she would be glued to the TV watching Germany's last-16 match with Slovakia on Sunday evening.

The number four seed is usually a cool customer on court but, apparently, she cuts a rather different figure when supporting the world champions at soccer.

"I'm jumping, screaming. Sometimes I'm quiet as well. So it's everything. A lot of emotions in these 90 minutes," Kerber told a news conference on Saturday.

"I'm always on the TV and watching, especially Germany, of course. It means a lot.

"Germany is a big soccer country. Everybody's watching. When I was home, I was also watching with my friends. This is always nice to be supporting them.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Aegon Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham - 16/6/16
Germany's Angelique Kerber in action during the second round
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