This week we have the possibility to interview, and to make you know better, Dutch player Richel Hogenkamp, who, despite her still young age, is traveling around the world for a lot of years to play tennis. Her words could help us to understand much more about tennis players’ life-style.
Richel was born in Doetinchem, Netherlands, on 04/16/1992, she began to play tennis at 8 years and gained her first ranking points in 2009 when she was just 17. Her debut on Itf circuit was simply fulminating by winning 3 of the first 4 tournaments played in 2009 summer. She closed the year at 540th position of Wta ranking. In the following years she got other remarkable triumphs in other 5 ITF tournament (4 25K + 1 10K). On 07/13/2015 she has recorded her best ranking at 115th position when first she qualified at Wimbledon main draw, then she defeated Qiang Wang in the 1st round, and finally she lost just from Maria Sharapova in the 2nd round. Past 2016 was a very good year with two important victories in 25k tournaments at Koksijde and Clermont Ferrand and a final ranking at 129th position not so far from her B.R. Remarkable are the first results of 2017 with the qualification at Australian Open main draw and the final in 60K event at Croissy-Beaubourg (defeating Belinda Bencic too). She played in Federation Cup for Netherlands from 2010 and today with Kiki Bertens is a very difficult team to beat for any other nation. To hand down to posterity the epic match that she won against russian top ten Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2016 Fed Cup’s first round (7-6 5-7 10-8 was the final incredible score).
Hi Richel, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments?
I started traveling since I was 14. Started of with the junior tournaments and than when I was 17 i started playing full time!
Are you able to enjoy and visit the places where you play tournaments?
Not enough unfortunately.. Most of the times we only see the hotel and tennis club. But I remember the nice places for later when I retired I can visit them as a tourist and not as a tennis player!
What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis?
I love to come to Australia. Especially Melbourne. Everything is so relaxed and everywhere you are you just feel happy!
You are from Netherlands a country known for its cities and art works. Is there some city or hidden place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?
I think Amsterdam for a tourist is the best place to visit, many different options to spend your day. If you are there in the summer it’s nice to make a trip over the canals in a little boat. Also I think Maastricht is a very nice city to visit, its more in the south of the Netherlands.
To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?
I don’t really have any tricks. I mostly stay in the official tournament hotels. I try and book my tickets as quick as I can so that it is still a bit cheaper but mostly you know last minute where you are going.
What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for 2017?
Next up for me is the Wta tournament in Biel Switzerland (today she is engaged in the 2nd round of qualifying draw) and after that I will be playing Fed Cup!
Many thanks Richel.
Thank you Gianluca.
Among places that Richel suggested to visit in her country, I want to focus my attention on Maastricht. This is a lovely town in Limburg province, in the southeast of the Netherlands, located on both sides of the Meuse river, at the point where the Jeker River joins it. It developed from a Roman settlement to a Medieval religious centre, a garrison town and an early industrial city. Today, Maastricht is well-regarded as an affluent cultural center with 1677 national heritage sites (which is the second highest number in a Dutch town, after Amsterdam). It has become known, by way of the Maastricht Treaty, as the birthplace of the European Union.
See you soon guys!!!