Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Richel Hogenkamp

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).


But now the interview…

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.


USEFUL LINKS TO VISIT MAASTRICHT:

Visit Maastricht Official Site

Top 10 Attractions for Planetware

Your Hotel in Maastricht 

See you soon guys!!!

Biel/Bienne – For the 1st time Wta circuit will arrive at this bilingual town of Switzerland 

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Ladies Open Biel Bienne

From 04/10 to 04/16

Prize money: $ 226,750

Surface: Hard outdoor

Tournament location: Swiss Tennis – Roger Federer Allee 1, 2504 Biel, Switzerland

How to get: The tennis venue is located at 6,6 km and 11 minutes driving from Biel’s old town. The closest airport is the Bern one at about 61 km. Zurich Intl Airport is at 121 km.

Entry list: Timea Babos (Hun) – Roberta Vinci (Ita) – Alizé Cornet (Fra) – Annika Beck (Ger) – Camila Giorgi (Ita) – Julia Goerges (Ger) – Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Belinda Bencic (Sui) – Sorana Cirstea (Rou)

Camila Giorgi will try to get her 2nd Wta title
THE TOWN: Biel/Bienne is a town in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is on the language boundary between the French-speaking and German-speaking parts of Switzerland, and is throughout bilingual. Since January 1, 2005, the official name has been “Biel/Bienne”. The city lies at the foot of the first mountain range of the Jura Mountains area and it has about 55,000 inhabitants and in 2014 the agglomeration had almost 106,000.

Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Slap bang on the Röstigraben, Switzerland’s French–German divide, double-barrelled Biel-Bienne is the country’s most bilingual town. Locals are prone to switching language mid-conversation; indeed it’s often a tad tricky to know which one to use. For many Swiss, Biel-Bienne is simply a place to change trains, but it’s worth sticking around to explore its nicely preserved historic centre, the adjacent lake and the surrounding vineyards.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BIEL AND SURROUNDINGS:

  • Old town


  • Ligerz on Biel Lake


  • Omega Watches Museum


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

USEFUL LINKS:

  • Bed and Breakfast im Herzen von Biel. Rated 8.6 on Booking this excellent accomodation is located in Biel city center and a 4-minute drive from Lake Biel. It offers a shared TV lounge, shared kitchen facilities, and rooms with free WiFi access. The price for a double room with balcony is 89€ per night with breakfast.
  • Best Western Hotel Continental. Very good *** hotel located 5 minutes from Lake Biel, close to the railway station and the city centre and charming Old Town of Biel/Bienne. It offers free WiFi in all rooms and 1 free parking space per room on site. A modern 18 mq2 standard room costs 118€ per night in b&b.
  • Art Déco Hotel Elite. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.2 on Booking which rises in a classically elegant building from the 1930s in the centre of Biel, only 200 m from the train station and surrounded by many shops and boutiques. It features a free fitness centre, the FlowerPower30 spa area with a sauna and steam bath and the restaurant L’Osteria which offers typical Italian cuisine. The price for a standard 25 mq2 double room start from 145€ per night (which increase to 201€ with breakfast included). Free WiFi everywhere.

Tournament Official Site

Visit Biel Official

Omega Museum Website

All Accomodations in Canton of Bern


Enjoy this Swiss Tennis Trip!