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Meet Dutch tennis star Botic van de Zandschulp's coach and girlfriend

Joshua Rogers July 4, 2022
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It was in New York last year where the Dutchman came to prominence. As he continues his great form, we take a look at Botic van de Zandschulp’s coach and girlfriend.

The 26-year-old’s breakthrough happened at Flushing Meadows in 2021 when he became the third qualifier in US Open history to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.

The Dutch sensation beat Casper Ruud and Diego Schwartzman in New York before losing to eventual champion Daniil Medvedev

His performance in the Big Apple made him the only man to progress to the main draw of all four Grand Slams through qualifying in one year. Despite losing to Medvedev, he was the only man to take a set off the Russian throughout the entire tournament.

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His 2022 has been impressive

He reached the third round at the 2022 Australian Open where he lost to World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev. As a result, he made his top 50 debut in the rankings on 31 January 2022. Van de Zandschulp then reached his maiden ATP Tour final at the Bavarian International Tennis Championships.

At Queen’s Club, he reached the first ATP 500 semifinal of his career and reached a career-high in the top 25 on 27 June 2022.

In the first round at Wimbledon he beat Feliciano López before following that up with a win over Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori. Botic then beat Richard Gasquet in four sets to set up a fourth round matchup with Rafael Nadal.

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Who is Botic van de Zandschulp’s coach?

Botic van de Zandschulp’s coach is Peter Lucassen. The tennis player from Veenendaal broke through under the guidance of Lucassen last season and they continue to go from strength-to-strength.

Lucassen was previously employed by the tennis association KNLTB from where he supported van de Zandschulp.

Botic has faced Nadal once before in his career, and Peter thinks that will help him.

“It’s good to see Nadal has had some difficult matches here in London than in Paris, and it’s good that Botic has already played against him, he has that experience in his backpack,” Lucassen told Dutch newspaper AD Sport (via Tennis World USA).

Lucassen has previously coached American Ryan Harrison, who won his maiden ATP Tour singles title in Memphis (2017), reached the final in Atlanta (2017), and captured the doubles title at Roland Garros.

The Dutchman, who previously played professionally and reached a career-high ranking of 541, has also coached Ernesto Escobedo, Bjorn Fratangelo and Bradley Klahn.

Meet Botic van de Zandschulp’s girlfriend

Botic van de Zandschulp’s girlfriend is Floor Isabel ‘t Hart. The pair started dating in 2011 and have been together since.

Apparently, Floor Isabel used also to play tennis. There isn’t a whole lot of information about her out there but she is active on Instagram and often shares pictures with Botic:

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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.