Perusic, 28, sustained an injury to his abdominal muscle and hadn’t played internationally since their home tournament, the Ostrava Elite16, in early June, where they finished fourth. The Czechs missed Beach Pro Tour Elite16 events in Gstaad and Montréal and the European Championship and got back on the court together last weekend, in a stop of the German National Tour.
In their return to the Beach Pro Tour, Perusic and Schweiner were faced with the home team of Paul Henning and Sven Winter and managed to secure a three-set (21-23, 21-71, 15-9) win to start their campaign in Pool C in Hamburg.
“It feels amazing to be back,” Perusic commented. “It’s been seven weeks since I last played and it feels great to be on the court again. Of course, my game is still not at the same level it was before the injury but I really hope that tomorrow we will be able to perform better and match the other top teams in the pool. For this week, we’re trying to focus on our performance and getting our match rhythm back. We know that if we play well, we can beat any team, but we have two tough opponents tomorrow and will try to bring our best game.”