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s’-Hertogenbosch, Djokovic, Haarhuis: 10 questions about Tim van Rijthoven

Tim van Rijthoven is the grass court sensation of the season. Here are ten answers to questions you might have about the Dutchman

Tim van Rijthoven Tim van Rijthoven (Tennis Majors)

How did Tim van Rijthoven perform at Wimbledon in 2022?

In his first Grand Slam appearance, Tim van Rijthoven, invited by the organisers of Wimbledon, reached the round of 16. After victories over Federico Delbonis, Reilly Opelka and Nikoloz Basilashvili, the Dutchman will face three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic on the London grass court on Sunday 3 July 2022. Undefeated on this surface in 2022, Tim van Rijthoven is the sensation of this edition of Wimbledon.

What is Tim van Rijthoven’s history at Wimbledon?

Before 2022, Tim van Rijthoven had never played Wimbledon, never even played in the qualifying rounds. But in 2014 he reached the quarter-finals of the British Grand Slam as a junior, only beaten at the time by Andrey Rublev. He is now just one win away from repeating that performance at the professional level.

What did van Rijthoven achieve in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 2022?

Invited by the organisers for his local tournament in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Tim van Rijthoven, then ranked 250th in the world, managed to win his first title on the ATP Tour! Prior to the Dutch tournament, the Roosendaal native had not won a single match on the big circuit. In ‘s-Hertogenbosch, he defeated two Top 10 players, Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semi-finals and world No 2 Daniil Medvedev in the final (6-4, 6-1).

When and where was Tim van Rijthoven born?

The Dutchman was born in Roosendaal, the Netherlands, on 24 April 1997.

Who is Tim van Rijthoven’s coach?

Tim van Rijthoven’s coach is a former Dutch professional tennis player, Igor Sijsling, who reached a career high of world No 37 in 2014.

Who are Tim van Rijthoven’s parents?

Tim van Rijthoven’s parents are Vermaas and Marieke van Rijthoven. They are tennis coaches and introduced the Dutchman to the ball. He also has two brothers, Max and Sem.

When did Tim van Rijthoven start his career?

The Dutchman started his career in 2015, at the age of 17. He played his first match on the ATP circuit the following year in Winston Salem as a lucky loser. He lost in the first round to Jiri Vesely.

What is Tim van Rijthoven’s biggest victory?

The greatest victory of Tim van Rijthoven’s career came in the final of the 2022 tournament in s’-Hertogenbosch against Daniil Medvedev, who was the number two player in the world at the time. It was the Dutchman’s most prestigious victory, and with style. He completely dominated the Russian player (6-4, 6-1) without losing a single set in his first final on the ATP circuit.

What is Tim van Rijthoven’s ranking?

Tim van Rijthoven was ranked 250th in the world before his success in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and has made a huge jump in the ATP rankings to 104th in the world. Unfortunately, he will not earn any points for his round of 16 win at Wimbledon. The ATP decided not to award any points at the London Grand Slam after the organisers decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players from participating.

Is Tim van Rijthoven on social media?

Yes, the Dutchman is present on social networks. On Instagram, where he is the most active, he has 35,000 followers.

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