The Bayern defender refers to the fact that most of Germany's new faces have known each other for many years, having played in the same club or Germany's youth teams.
As the COVID-19 pandemic brought the international table tennis calendar to a grinding halt early in the year, many players, coaches and fans were confined to their homes or their local communities.
Barty wished the players and the French Federation all the best for a successful tournament and said she was now looking to a long preseason and the summer in Australia.
Zuriko Davitashvili (R) of Georgia vies with Aleksandar Trajkovski of North Macedonia during the UEFA Nations League football match between Georgia and North Macedonia in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 8, 2020. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Tamuna Kulumbegashvili/Xinhua)
In Castellon on Saturday, after a foul in the opening round, she landed at 14.47m in round two and almost matched that in the third round with 14.42m. The 24-year-old saved her best for the last round as she leapt out to 14.71m.
"It was full gas all the way today, from start to finish there were anxious moments," said Yates.
The 25-year-old equalized with the last kick of the match after Rodinei Almeida brought down Elber Pimentel with a rash challenge.
National teammate Zhang Yaoguang finished second at 8.23m, followed by Asian Games champion Wang Jianan at 8.08m.
It added that Roma, Porto, Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax and Bayern Munich have also shown interest in the 23-year-old.
"It was a good day for the team as some favourites from the GC lost time too," said Van Aert.
World number one Djokovic was stunningly disqualified after accidently hitting a line judge with a ball during his round of 16 clash with Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.