ABN AMRO will launch a new talent programme for promising Dutch tennis players during the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in February. The bank will team up with Richard Krajicek and Esther Vergeer to invest in tennis talents who have the ambition to become top-class players.
The programme, combined with the support of the Dutch tennis federation KNLTB, is designed to bring youth tennis to a higher level in the Netherlands. Krajicek and Vergeer will act as mentors in the years to come.
The Netherlands has a tennis history to be proud of, with former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek and four-time Paralympic gold medallist Esther Vergeer as most notable figureheads. Both former professionals will support the young talents, together with ABN AMRO, to ensure that the Netherlands will continue to bring forth top-flight tennis players
The customised programme will invest in a selection of talented players in the years ahead and will be offered alongside the facilities provided by the KNLTB. The players will take part in extra training sessions with national and international top talents in their own age category throughout the year. They will also be given the opportunity to learn from talented players in other sports. As well as providing mentoring by Richard Krajicek and Esther Vergeer, the programme will seek to sharpen participants’ technical and tactical skills and support them with the mental and business aspects of the sport. The talent programme ends when the participants turn 18.
The programme will be officially launched during the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam in February. The young talents have been invited to attend the tournament to experience what comes with a large-scale ATP tournament. They will also have a session with Andy Murray, who will tell them more about the steps that need to be taken to reach the top.
Jan Siemerink: "The KNLTB is happy with ABN AMRO’s initiative. It will give a great impetus to youth tennis in the Netherlands. Plus which, it tallies nicely with our vision that former professionals should be involved in guiding young talent."
Both Richard Krajicek and Esther Vergeer have recently been looking out for the greatest talents between the ages of 12 and 18 years. They identified eight young players as having exceptional talent and – in consultation with KNLTB’s Sports Director Jan Siemerink – invited the players to take part in the programme. All eight of them are eager to participate. Krajicek selected six players: Tim van Rijthoven (17), Isolde de Jong (15), Amadatus Admiraal (14), Alec Deckers (14), Sander Jong (14) and Judith van Kessel (14). Esther Vergeer will work with two wheelchair players: Diede de Groot (18) and Ruben Spaargaren (15).
On the lookout for two more talents
There are two more spots available in the talent programme. Interested able-bodied and wheelchair players between the ages of 10 and 13 should apply via www.abnamrowtt.nl/talentnaarpro by 1 February at the latest. The last two participants will be selected by Krajicek and Vergeer during a special training session at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Partner of the Future
ABN AMRO wants to invest in the future and be a socially responsible bank. It is in this light that it has chosen the theme ‘Partner of the Future’ as a guiding principle for its sponsorship and Foundation activities. The bank supports people and organisations with a specific ambition by helping them discover talent and by encouraging people to reach their full potential. ABN AMRO’s sponsorship and the Foundation focus on the areas of sport, art & culture, education and entrepreneurship. In this way, the bank is helping to build a better future.