During the press conference of the German team held yesterday it was informed that Timo Boll had withdrawn from the 2013 European Championships which will kick off next week. The current European champion had some problems with his shoulder a couple of weeks ago, so he couldn't play for Borussia Düsseldorf in the Bundesliga and the European Champions League. His shoulder was getting better but another health problem appeared. Boll got the flu that didn't allow him to train in the last days.
Boll: "My shoulder injury was getting better. I was optimistic about being able to be in good shape at the right time but I doesn't have enough to preparation after getting the flu. I feel really sick and tired and European players are too strong to play with the half of my strenghts."
Jorg Rosskopf, German coach, talked about Boll's withdrawal: "Besides his high level, Timo is an important player, because he helps the team with his presence and calmness. The other players will have to compensate for his absence and show that they can win without Timo. Now we will have much harder matches but we know how and we will be able to face it. It would be very hard in a World Championships but it can work in European Championships."
Besides being sad for not being able to defend his singles and team titles, Boll said to be sorry for his doubles partner Patrick Franziska: " I would like to defend the title in singles and with the team and was looking forward for a tough match against the Austrians. But besides, I am sorry for Patrick Franziska. I care a lot about this young player. I had liked to know how far we would have got. Boll about the team and singles competition: "The team is very strong without me, I hope they can win. In singles Dima is the big favorite, of course."
Timo Boll hopes to be in good shape again for the next Bundesliga match after the European Championships and the World Cup to be held in Belgium. With Boll's absence, Rosskopf nominated the defensive player Ruwen Fius to take his place.