06:08 Greek circuit wants to enjoy success more: “Sometimes I pretend to be normal”

06:08 Greek circuit wants to enjoy success more: “Sometimes I pretend to be normal”

Winning eight opponents, going unbeaten in 29 consecutive games and climbing a hundred places in the world rankings: it would be an understatement to say that Tallon has had a good year. The North Hollander will meet Orange Canada to qualify for the Davis Cup final from Friday. “For me there is nothing more beautiful than the Davis Cup in my home country.”

When asked at a press conference in The Hague whether the Dutch national team is satisfied with the absence of the Canadian top tennis players, Robin Haase reacts quite harshly. Of course he also supports Hagenaar, because now he has a better chance of success. The Greek track may follow Haase, but it does add something to it. “The greater the difficulty, the better. I’m not afraid of anyone.”

It characterizes the character and bravado of the Greek circuit, but perhaps even more than the development that Nieuw-Venneper has gone through in recent years. The youngest and most successful of the three brothers in tennis, the Greek court has long been off the top 100, but is now playing against the big boys. And not unimportant: the current number of worlds is 57, not much lower than them.

“I am now ready to fight against everyone,” said the 25-year-old in a conversation with the Greek track NU.nl. “I used to have less. I used to win an opponent, but in the weeks after that I got stuck in the first round. Now my base level is higher and I am much more consistent.”

“Even on a bad day, I beat guys I might have lost before. I’m less likely to hit the bottom line. These wins build confidence and sometimes everything just comes naturally. Confidence is an important part of tennis for me.”

The Greek circuit of Tallon will become much more consistent in 2021.


The Greek circuit of Tallon will become much more consistent in 2021.

The Greek circuit of Tallon will become much more consistent in 2021.

Photographer: FATHER

“Botic and I go to each other”

With the Greek circuit and Botic van de Zandschulp, the Davis Cup team won two banners in a short time. It is exactly what Dutch men’s tennis dreams of since the disappearance of former leader Haase from the top 100 of the world rankings.

Richard Krajicek, among others, previously expressed the hope that Dutch talent can support each other, as the 1996 Wimbledon winner did with contemporaries such as Jan Siemerink and Jacco Eltingh.

“Unconsciously, Botic and I definitely trigger each other,” says the Greek Track. “We have often told ourselves that we belong at this level. It’s nice to show that too. After all, you are the opponent, but we don’t have many players in the Netherlands. We have to help each other.”

Now that she is definitely in the top 100, she is trying to monetize her success more and more. “I won’t go crazy anytime soon, but maybe I should think a little more about how smart we are doing it. You play in the biggest tournaments for weeks and pretend “This is normal”. Now it’s easier to focus on other things when you’re in the Netherlands for a while.”

Tallon Groet (left) and Botic van de Zandschulp (right) are the stars of the Dutch team.


Tallon Groet (left) and Botic van de Zandschulp (right) are the stars of the Dutch team.

Tallon Groet (left) and Botic van de Zandschulp (right) are the stars of the Dutch team.

Photographer: FATHER

“We can go too far in the Davis Cup”

The glamorous Greek track and Van de Zandschulp hope to give the Orange a 2-0 lead on Friday on the opening day of the game against Canada. Van de Zandschulp starts with a match against Alexis Galarneau (ATP-332), after which Groenepoor can compete with Steven Diez (ATP-294).

Saturday starts with a double game on the indoor clay court of Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague. If the match (best of five matches) has not yet been decided, one or two additional singles matches will be played. The winner qualifies for the Davis Cup final, which begins in September with the group stage.

“I think we have a team that can go very far in the Davis Cup. Why not? We are versatile as a team and Botic and I have shown that they can handle different terrains,” he says. Especially the Greek circuit, which is happy with the presence of fans in The Hague.

“For me there is nothing more beautiful than the Davis Cup in my home country. Better than a Grand Slam tournament? Could be. It is special for your country to play in front of your family, friends and audience. great weeks with the team. I already love the coziness and the atmosphere, so I love it.”

Source: NU

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