Hours of Foot Tennis could not prepare the Mainz players for the real deal in Colorado on Monday. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Hours of Foot Tennis could not prepare the Mainz players for the real deal in Colorado on Monday. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Bundesliga

New balls please - Mainz serve up a treat in Colorado

1. FSV Mainz 05 swapped the football pitch for the tennis court on day two of their summer training camp in Colorado, USA.

Although the exercise did not unearth the next Roger Federer, the players threw themselves into the task following another morning of intensive pre-season training.

Mainz midfielder Fabian Frei and Colombian teammate Jhon Cordoba captured the mood in the camp perfectly after engaging in a fun-filled game of doubles.

Forget strawberries and cream: iced-fruit Froozers were the order of the day for the steady stream of fans who came to watch the Mainz stars in action that morning.

Mainz head coach Martin Schmidt will have been delighted to see his troops maintain their focus against the dramatic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, with a friendly against local third tier side Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC just around the corner.

"We don't know much about them," the 49-year-old admitted ahead of Tuesday's test. "But if they're like other American teams, they'll be in great shape and challenge us physically. It will demand a lot more of us compared to our other friendlies. I'm looking forward to playing against a new team and learning more about the American style of play."