Which tennis player stated that he is no longer having fun and is thinking about retirement?

Which tennis player stated that he is no longer having fun and is thinking about retirement?
Which tennis player stated that he is no longer having fun and is thinking about retirement?

Two years ago he was ranked 22nd in the ATP ranking and established himself as a solid and difficult player to face. Today reality is different and that is why strange thoughts appeared. The Dutch Botic Van de Zandschulp, 28, is considering retiring from tennis.

Currently in box 102 of the system, the European suffered a quick defeat in straight sets in the first round of Roland Garros before the Italian Fabio Fognini and awakened internal emotions that he did not hesitate to describe to the media.

The one born in Wageningen, in 1995, dejectedly stated that he no longer has fun on the court and that he is thinking about retiring from tennis. “This was the worst game of my life. What if I’m thinking about stopping playing? Who knows, I certainly doubt it. That’s something I’m thinking about“he confessed.

Van De Zandschulp, a powerful player from the back of the pitch, He played in two finals throughout his career. (both times at the Munich ATP) and in both times he lost to the Danish Holger Rune, in the last one, in 2023, wasting four points for the championship.

He earned wins against Top 10 players such as Ruud and Rublev and posted a personal best 38 wins in 2022, including victories over Norrie, Fritz and Bublik to help his country qualify for the knockout stage of the Davis Cup Finals.

However, these joys began to fade. In 2024, he accumulated 9 successes and 13 losses, he alternated Challengers tournaments with the ATP Tour and in no event was he able to go beyond the second round. As a result of this, the “void” arrived. “If I knew where this feeling came from, I definitely would have done something about it“, he claimed.

“In the last year a lot of things have happened, also off the track. They are things that influence. I think you have to have fun in everything you do. Of course everyone has bad days, but if there are too many, you have to question yourself.. These are thoughts I’ve had before, years ago. That’s something that’s always been with me. It’s a fight,” reflected the Dutchman.

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