After the Davis Cup, Van de Zandschulp will soon focus on 2023


The best tennis player in the Netherlands concluded his tennis year with his first defeat in the country tournament since 2019. Australian Alex de Minaur defeated him in a fascinating three-set battle (5-7 6-3 6-4). “We both played very well from the start and we served strongly,” said the leader.

“I didn’t take my chances in the third and shortly after that he took them, as it often works in tennis. I had to win this match to stay in the encounter and he didn’t necessarily have to. He was able to play a bit more freely that way. In the end it just fell over.”

And so the season of the number 35 in the world is over and the Davis Cup Finals have been limited to one meeting. At the beginning of February, the Orange can again force placement for the final tournament in the so-called Qualifiers.

Now the focus is first on the Australian hard court season, which will start at the end of this year. “I think I will start training again from next week and then I have four good weeks in the Netherlands to prepare for the new season,” said Van de Zandschulp (27).

“I have not yet determined where I will start my season. But in the first week of the season I can still enforce a seeded status for the Australian Open. It would be nice if I could do that on my own.”

In the coming month he will also be looking to expand his team. His current coach, Peter Lucassen, recently became a father and travels less than this year. “I’m looking for one extra coach for the other weeks. I’m going to take my time for that now.”

Van de Zandschulp started this year as the global number 57. In August he was briefly on the edge of the top 20: 22nd. “It was my first full year on the tour and there are some things I can learn from again next year. Like which tournaments I should or shouldn’t play and how I can better peak at the biggest tournaments.”


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