I grew up around tennis. My parents worked in a tennis centre, and both them and my sister played. I just had a natural love for the game from a very young age.
Then my mum saw a documentary about wheelchair tennis. I visited the then national coach, Aad Zwaan and I instantly fell in love with the game. I’ve always loved chasing that little yellow ball.
But tennis is so much more than just hitting a ball. You need to be in good physical and mental condition. That balance between the mental and the physical is one of the things I love about the sport.
One thing can’t work without the other. You need to be on top of your game in both aspects. I think a lot of people underestimate that, but it’s really important to develop the mental side of your game.
I still sometimes have challenges with my mentality on court. I get angry sometimes. But I have a great sports psychologist who helps me stay focused on my mental toughness. So I keep learning every time I go back on the court.
And each new match, is different. Different opponents, different styles, different challenges.
I instantly fell in love with the game. I’ve always loved chasing that little yellow ball.
I’ve had some amazing highlights in my career so far. I’m truly honoured to play tennis at this level. My standout moment has to be winning silver and gold in the singles and doubles at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. That and winning the 2013 Australian Open and the US Open in singles and doubles.
My ultimate goal is to win gold in the singles event at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.
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