Nov 28, 2023 at 2:30 PM Update: 6 minutes ago
Doubles specialist Wesley Koolhof will stop playing tennis at the end of 2024. This year’s Wimbledon winner thinks it has been nice after a long career and wants to make time for other things.
“Winning a Grand Slam plays a role in this. I have achieved a lot, although the Davis Cup and the Olympic Games are on the program, for example. It would be nice to have another shot at the main prize there,” says the 34-year-old. birthday Koolhof on Tuesday in the NL Tennis Podcast.
“But I have made peace with it. I am going to have one more blast next year. It is difficult to say that I am going to stop, but I also want to have children. Then I would find it difficult to be away while my girlfriend is sitting at home pregnant.”
Koolhof has been competing at the top level in doubles for years. He was in a Grand Slam final three times: twice at the US Open and once at Wimbledon. At the latter tournament he won the title this year together with the British Neal Skupski. In 2020, Koolhof won the prestigious ATP Finals with the Croatian Nikola Mektic, with whom he formed a pair again in his farewell year.
Koolhof’s list of honors also includes three Masters titles (Madrid, Montreal and Paris). He conquered all of them last year together with Skupski. The Dutchman also won the mixed doubles at Roland Garros with the Japanese Ena Shibahara.
Last week Koolhof played in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup Finals. He lost the doubles match with Tallon Greek Spoor at his side and could not prevent the Netherlands from being eliminated by Italy.
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