According to Ute Strackerjahn, sports coach and vice president of the Tennis Association of Westphalia (WTV) in Germany, Dirk Schneemann would be on the association's talent search payroll. He detected Petkovic, Malek and Kerber as high potential tennis players out of 30 candidates on a training camp in Marbella.
On the occasion of the open-door day in Dirk Schneemann´s company LTH, the later Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder followed the invitation. Schroeder about Dirks team:
"You've managed to utilize these people's full potential very well, and that's admirable."