Last Updated on July 20, 2022
The Dutch no1 singles player Botic Van De Zandschulp was born on October 4th of October in 1995. He grew up in Wageningen, Netherlands to parents Jan and Ingrid Van De Zandschulp. Growing up with a love for tennis Zandschulp began his journey at the local tennis club where his mother and older brother played recreationally. Both of Zandschulp’s parents have been continually supportive of his professional career as they witness his craft on the court as often as they can. Alongside Zandschulp’s parents often stands his loving girlfriend Floor Isabel ‘t Heart who has been supporting him all the way through their eleven-year relationship.
Although Zandschulp wasn’t a distinguished junior player, he has managed to make up for it in his professional career which started in 2013. The 26-year-old player has a career-high ranking of No. 25 in singles awarded in Hamburg, and a doubles ranking of No. 222 awarded in Alphen. In Hamburg and Alphen, van de Zandschulp won ATP Challenger singles and doubles championships, respectively.
Undoubtedly Zandschulp’s breakthrough year came in 2021 in the US Open where he defeated the top seeds Casper Ruud and Diego Schwartzman, advancing through to the quarterfinals. This made Zandschulp the only third qualifier in the tournament’s history to go to the quarterfinals. He was also the third person to qualify for the main draw of all four major tournaments in a single year, joining Frank Dancevic in 2011 and Elias Ymer in 2015.
At the Bavarian International Tennis Championships in 2022 Zandschulp made it to his first ATP tour final where he was defeated by Holger Rune. In his latest feat, Zandschulp made it to Wimbledon 2022, progressing to the fourth round where he was defeated by World No.4 Rafael Nadal.
Current Coach, Peter Lucassen
Peter Lucassen was born in s-hertogenbosch 3rd of September 1988. Born to Father Robert Lucassen, he has two siblings Saskia and Pien. Lucassen graduated high school in 2007 from Helen Parkhurst in Almere, the Netherlands before attending Universiteit van Tilburg. He was a two-time national champion in his junior career.
At his peak, Peter Lucassen won his maiden ATP Tour singles title in Memphis in 2017 and reached the final in Atlanta in the same year. To date has a career-high singles ranking of No. 541 with a net worth of $1 million.
After his retirement at professional level, Lucassen became a coach in 2013. He was drawn back from the United States where he started his own tennis school in Los Angeles from The Royal Dutch Lawn Tennis Association (KNLTB). This is the umbrella body of tennis and paddle sports in the Netherlands. Here he was offered the position of head of high performance. Zandschulp continues to train under the KNLTB to date. Lucassen coached a number of highly talented players throughout his career including Ernesto Escobedo, Bjorn Fratangelo, Bradley Klahn, and American Ryan Harrison. It was here at the KNLTB that Lucassen began to train Zandschulp. Specifically coaching him in New York where The Dutch sensation beat Casper Ruud and Diego Schwartzman before losing to eventual champion Daniil Medvedev.
Through Lucassen’s tutelage, Zandschulp has completely transformed his game and it shows from his successes in 2021.
Past Coach, Michiel Schapers
Michiel Schapers was one of Zandschulp’s trainers at the KNLTP. Prior to Schaper’s coaching career, he had an outstanding professional run. The right-handed, six feet six-player was born in Rotterdam in October 1959. Schapers turned pro in 1982 and has won three ATP titles, Tel Aviv (1991), Toulouse (1987), and Cologne (1985). In 1988 he reached his singles career-high No.25 as he competed in the Seoul Olympic Games, where he was defeated in the quarterfinals by eventual winner Miloslav Mečíř of Czechoslovakia. He has a doubles career-high No. 37 attained in 1991. His most famous victory was over reigning Wimbledon champion Boris Becker in the second round of the 1985 Australian Open.
After his professional career Schapers became a tennis coach. He coached, among others, Czech Daniel Vacek, Alexander Radulescu, the New Zealand Marina Erakovic, and the Romanian Raluca Olaru. From 1995 to 2004 Schapers worked for the KNLTB in various positions. This is where he trained Zandschulp. He became a traveling coach for KNLTB on January 1st, 2020. Here he travels with several Dutch top tennis players on the ITF and ATP circuits including Zandschulp.
Zandschulp has a huge amount of admiration for Schapers and the incredible work he has done for him. He brought his wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, creating a player the Netherlands can be proud to call their own.
Botic Van De Zandschulp’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Botic Van De Zandschulp under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coach||Years Of Cooperation||Titles|
|Peter Lucassen||Exact date unknown – Current||–|
|Michiel Schapers||2020-current part-time coach||–|