Richard Krajicek and Esther Vergeer coach talented youngsters

Former tennis stars Richard Krajicek and Esther Vergeer have teamed up with ABN AMRO to help talented young tennis players. One of their goals of the Partner of the Future programme is to lift youth tennis to a higher level and produce a future pool of tennis stars in the Netherlands.

Each of the emerging talents has a custom-designed programme, on top of the regular coaching that they receive from tennis association KNLTB. Their coaching covers technical, tactical, mental and business matters. The young athletes also have the opportunity to learn from talented youngsters playing other sports. Richard Krajicek and Esther Vergeer will mentor these future tennis stars as they follow their programmes.

Lessons from Andy Murray

The programme for talented Dutch tennis stars kicked off during the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Ahoy in Rotterdam last February. At that event, the youngsters experienced what a major international tournament is like. During a unique individual session, star player Andy Murray explained what they need to do to reach the top.

KNLTB Sports Director Jan Siemerink is enthusiastic about ABN AMRO’s initiative. ‘This represents a wonderful impulse for youth tennis in the Netherlands. It supports our vision to involve former players as coaches for talented youngsters.’

Nine participants

Richard Krajicek and Esther Vergeer have selected nine players. The seven in Krajicek’s group are Tim van Rijthoven (18), Isolde de Jong (16), Ryan Nijboer (15), Alec Deckers (15), Sander Jong (14), Lodewijk Weststrate (13) and Judith van Kessel (14). Vergeer will coach wheelchair tennis players Diede de Groot (18) and Ruben Spaargaren (15).

Find out how the tennis season can make or break the young players.