Tim Van Rijthoven Awarded Wild Card for Wimbledon

Tim Van Rijthoven Awarded Wild Card for Wimbledon Photo: TT
Tim Van Rijthoven social media.

Libema Open champion, Tim Van Rijthoven, accepted a wild card for Wimbledon after his impressive run in Rosmalen, where he claimed his maiden ATP career title, beating Daniil Medvedev in the championship match.

Following his successful campaign at the Libema Open grass court tournament, Tim Van Rijthoven received a wild card to play in Wimbledon, the third grand slam of the season running from June 27th in London.

After the news broke, the 25-year-old wrote on his Instagram account: “I’ll soon be kissing the grass at the most prestigious tournament of all, Wimbledon. I have everybody to thank for this wild card but in particular the Wimbledon organization for giving it to me. Dreams do come true.”

However, as a result of the unexpected victory, the player will not be able to compete at any event in the build-up for the English major as he didn’t enter any because he was supposed to play the Wimbledon qualifying.

We did all we could to enter a tournament, but it was too “last minute” to enter. And we understand that,” he shared in a new post.

Adding: “Not to worry, though, because we will go to Wimbledon a couple of days earlier to get some good practice in.”

The Roosendaal-born player will be contesting a grand slam for the first time in his career.

Van Rijthoven turned pro in 2015, making his Tour debut as a lucky loser at Winston-Salem in 2016, losing to Jiri Vesely.

Since then, he did not play another tour-level match until he set off a dream week in Rosmalen, contesting the ATP 250 event, having no wins on Tour under his name.

The surprise champion entered his home tournament as a wild card, Ranked World No. 205, and would become the first Dutchman to win the event since 2003, earning a maiden ATP career title.

His campaign kicked off with a hard-fought victory over Australian Matthew Ebden 7-6(4), 7-6(9) on June 7th, his first on Tour ever.

Moreover, he would next face 2022 BNP Paribas Open champion and third seed Taylor Fritz, whom he defeated in three sets.

In the quarterfinals, Van Rijthoven moved past Frenchman Hugo Gaston in straight sets, setting a semifinal meeting with second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, rallying to beat the Canadian 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(5), achieving his maiden Top 10 win.

The remarkable run was complete when in the final, he toppled World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev with a 6-4, 6-1 victory after 65 minutes.

Furthermore, Paul Haarhuis’s pupil triumph led him to reach a best career high, World No. 106 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

In his on-court interview, the young player said: “This is new for me, it’s going to take some time getting used to.”

What a dream this week. I would like to thank my team for staying humble this week, doing the normal things, and not making this thing any bigger than it was.”

The next day, he posted on social media: “Woke up this morning and saw the trophy in my room. [I] realized I wasn’t dreaming.”

To be able to do all this in my home country makes it so much better! This title means the world to me and also changes the world for me.”

Most may not have heard his name before the Libema Open, but Medvedev remembered him well.

Addressing the Dutchman, the U.S. Open reigning champion stated: “An amazing match today. Keep it going.”

I remember you from juniors; you have the talent, so now you need to make more matches like this and more tournaments like this!

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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