Libema Open champion Tim Van Rijthoven accepted a wild card for Wimbledon following his impressive streak in Rosmalen, where he won his first ATP title of his career, beating Daniil Medvedev in the match. compete for the championship.
After his successful campaign at the Libema Open turf tournament, Tim Van Rijthoven received a wild card to play at Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season which runs from June 27 in London.
After the news broke, the 25-year-old wrote on his Instagram account: “I will soon be kissing the pitch at the most prestigious tournament of all time, Wimbledon. I want to thank everyone for this wild card, but especially Wimbledon gave it to me. Dream come true. ”
However, as a result of the unexpected victory, the player will not be able to compete in any event during the construction of the British major as he is not participating in any event as he has to compete. Wimbledon qualifying.
“We did everything we could to get into a tournament, but it was too “last minute”. And we understand thatHe shared in a new post.
More: “Don’t worry, though, because we’ll be going to Wimbledon a few days before that for a good practice in. ”
The Roosendaal-born player will be competing in a major fight for the first time in his career.
Van Rijthoven turned pro in 2015, made his Tour debut as a lucky loser at Winston-Salem in 2016, losing Jiri Vesely.
Since then, he hasn’t played another match at tour level until starting a dream week in Rosmalen, attending the ATP 250 event, without a Tour win to his name.
The champion unexpectedly entered his home tournament as a wild card, ranked 205 in the world, and will become the first Dutchman to win the tournament since 2003, winning won the first ATP title in his career.
His campaign started with a hard-fought victory over the Australians Matthew Ebden 7-6(4), 7-6(9) on June 7, his first tour ever.
Furthermore, next he will face BNP Paribas Open 2022 champion and third seed Taylor Fritzwhom he defeated in three sets.
In the quarterfinals, Van Rijthoven overcame the French Hugo Gaston in straight sets, set up a semi-final meeting with the second seed Felix Auger-Aliassimerallied to beat the Canadian 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5), taking his first Top 10 win.
The remarkable run was completed when in the final he overthrew the world number 1 Daniil Medvedev with a 6-4, 6-1 win in 65 minutes.
Furthermore, his student Paul Haarhuis’ victory helped him reach the top of his career, 106th in the world in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
In his on-field interview, the youngster said: “This is new to me, it will take some time to get used to. ”
“What a dream this week. I want to thank my team for staying humble this week, doing the ordinary things and not making this any bigger than normal.. ”
The next day, he posted on social media: “Woke up this morning and found the trophy in my room. [I] realize I’m not dreaming. ”
“To be able to do all this in my hometown, make it so much better! This title means the whole world to me and changes the world to me too. ”
Most may not have heard his name before the Libema Open, but Medvedev remembers him very well.
Speaking in front of the Dutchman, the defending US Open champion said: “Great game today. Continue. ”
“I miss my junior brother; You have talent, so now you need to make more matches like this and more tournaments like this!”