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Meet Dutch tennis star Tim van Rijthoven's girlfriend and coach

Joshua Rogers July 3, 2022
Tim van Rijthoven coach Igor Sijsling
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Ahead of his huge match against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, we find out more about Tim van Rijthoven’s girlfriend Maartje Basten and coach, Igor Sijsling.

Tim van Rijthoven is making a huge name for himself at this year’s Wimbledon championships and is taking on Novak Djokovic in the fourth round.

The 25-year-old beat the 22nd seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the third round to set up a match with top seed Djokovic.

Just a few weeks ago, the Dutchman had never won a match on the main ATP tour and was ranked 205 in the world. 

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His dream 2022 so far

The youngster is on an incredible eight-match winning run at the moment and has beaten a number of top-ranked players. Earlier this year he appeared at the 2022 Libéma Open as a wild card, defeating world No. 14 and third seed Taylor Fritz to reach the quarter-finals.

He then beat world No. 9 and second seed Félix Auger-Aliassime in the semi-finals before upsetting world no. 2 and top seed Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final to win his first ATP title.

He received a wild card for Wimbledon for his efforts where he has continued the big name scalps. In the second round he defeated 15th seed Reilly Opelka before beating 22nd seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the next round.

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Meet Tim van Rijthoven’s girlfriend, Maartje

Tim van Rijthoven’s girlfriend is Maartje Basten who is also from the Netherlands. Per Maartje’s Instagram, she is a post-graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in medical science and a Master’s degree in biomedical technology and physics.

She is currently a digital health consultant and strategist at KPMG Nederlands and was also a cardiovascular risk management intern at the Amsterdam Health & Technology Institute.

It appears as though they have been together for at least five years. Maartje posted a picture with Tim in 2017 with the words, “Love you.”

She has been in attendance at Wimbledon all week supporting boyfriend Tim. The couple often share photos together on social media and look incredibly cute together:

Tim van Rijthoven’s coach is Igor Sijsling

Tim van Rijthoven’s coach is Igor Sijsling. Per Roland Garros.com, Tim hired his compatriot earlier this season, where they immediately hit the ground running.

Tim reportedly feels he and Sijsling “naturally clicked” and they share many interests, including golf, which they play together often.

Sijsling is a retired former player and world No. 52. The Dutchman reached the final of Australian Open doubles with countryman Robin Haase in 2013, losing to the Bryan brothers.

He also made the third round at Wimbledon in 2013 and has notable wins over the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Milos Raonic and Mikhail Youzhny.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.