The Dutch number two has broke new ground on the tennis circuit in 2021. Here we look at the record breaker Tallon Griekspoor in more detail, including who his coach is.
Griekspoor won his seventh Challenger title of the season in Tenerife by defeating Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the final and became the sole record holder for most trophies at that level in a single year.
Griekspoor’s ATP debut came back in 2017 as a wildcard at the Rotterdam Open, and his love affair with his home tournament saw him earn the biggest wins of his career so far.
He defeated Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in 2018 as a wildcard and then the following year he beat world number 11 Karen Khachanov, when he was a wildcard too.
The Dutch star qualified for a Grand Slam tournament for the first in 2020, at the Australian Open.
In 2021, Griekspoor started the year off by winning two Challenger events and as a result reached a career-high ranking of number 120 in June.
After qualifying for Wimbledon for the first time, Griekspoor defeated his compatriot Botic van de Zandschulp at a Challenger event on home soil, which saw him move up to 105th in the ATP Rankings.
At the 2021 US Open, Griekspoor reached the second round of a major for the first time after beating German Jan-Lennard Stuff in five sets, before losing to world number one and 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in round two.
In September, following the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam, he won his sixth Challenger title of his career and fourth of the year, in Spain, defeating top seed Roberto Carballes Baena.
The following month, he won back-to-back Challenger events in Naples, Italy, which saw Griekspoor tie with Benjamin Bonzi for the most Challenger titles in 2021 (6).
In addition to matching Bonzi’s feat, the 25-year-old joined Facundo Bagnis (2016), Juan Ignacio Chela (2001) and Younes El Aynaoui (1998) as the only players to lift six singles trophies in one season in ATP Challenger history.
As a result he moved 29 positions up in the rankings into the top 100, for the first time in his career, at world number 89 in October.
Following his record breaking victory against Lopez, Griekspoor reached a career-high ranking of number 72 in November.
Who is Tallon Griekspoor’s coach?
Tallon’s twin brothers, Scott and Kevin, are five-and-a-half-years older and peaked at number 205 and number 655 respectfully in the ATP Rankings (ATP).
His father, Ron is a former motocross driver and his mother, Monique is a tennis instructor. He began playing tennis at the age of five after being inspired by his older twin brothers.
Griekspoor has been working with national trainer Dennis Schenk for some time, but the coach who lives in Mallorca cannot always travel with him.
After an unforgettable 2021, Griekspoor has set the bar high to surpass his previous year’s credentials in 2022.
But he will have aspirations of climbing above his countryman van de Zandschulp, who is currently 11 places above him in the ATP Rankings, and becoming the Dutch number one, as well as hitting new heights on the ATP Tour.