Popular Tennis Player Martin Verkerk

Martin Verkerk

Martin Willem Verkerk, a Dutch tennis player, was born on 31 October, 1978 in Leiderdrop, Netherlands. He was only 7 years old when he started playing tennis. His mother Bep who was a teacher and father Wim were his tennis companions and guides at that stage. Mickel, his older brother, is hooked on sports business. Verkerk grabbed 18-under title in 1995 in his hom country. His favourite surfaces for playing tennis are hard courts and clay surface. Since October 2001, Verkerk has been coached by Nick Carr who hails from New Zealand.  As a somewhat unidentified and not so popular tennis player, he made to the final of the French Open in 2003, in which he was beaten by Carlos Ferrero.  During the same series of matches, Verkerk surpassed Carlos Moya and Guillermo Coria, highly skilled clay-court players of the day. His startling sprint as an ‘underdog’ at the French Open and significant on-court approaches earned him fame in the Netherlands.

Verkerk’s playing style was based on big backhands and rolling serves. From 1996, his journey towards the acme was complex and extensive. However, in 2003, he won the ATP tournament held in Milan, attaining incredible success at Roland Gaross. He was able to get to the final in the French Open, but missed the Olympic Games of 2004, held in Athens, due to an injury. Verkerk was able to play tennis, in 2006 and again started to achieve victory in 2008. Regrettably, things got worse the same year, Verkerk injured his ankle ligaments in the first circle of the Dutch Open, which finally ended his accomplished tennis career.

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