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Aug 12 2023

Niels Vink and Sam Schröder win gold medals at Schouwburgplein

Niels Vink and Sam Schröder won the final of the Quad doubles on Saturday afternoon. Together, the Wheelchair Tennis players have now won all the major prizes in doubles. “That feels very special. Of course we won the gold medal in Tokyo at the Paralympics, all the Grand Slams, the Masters, all the Super Series tournaments we have won once and now also once European champion. It’s fantastic.”

Niels is very happy to play in Rotterdam in front of its own crowd. “I also find it very special to play in my own country, because we actually never have a big tournament in the Netherlands. My family is here and I am very happy about that. They can finally see what I’m doing live for once instead of through a screen.”

Tonight he is going to enjoy his European title, but tomorrow he has to be there again. “I’m going to make sure I just get a good night’s sleep tonight so I can get the single final in tomorrow as well.”

Martin de la Puente wins doubles and goes for the men’s singles title tomorrow

Martin de la Puente will be in the final of the men’s singles tomorrow. He managed to reach the final match by winning against Dutchman Maikel Scheffers 6 – 3 and 6 – 4. Today he already clinched a medal by winning the battle for the bronze medal. Because to do so he and his doubles partner Fransisco Garcia Vena had to beat the British duo Ben Bartram and Dahnon Ward.

On the packed Schouwburgplein they won this battle for the bronze with 6 – 3 and 6 – 4. Afterwards, Martin de la Puente was very appreciative of their solid play and how they played as a team. “The match against the Dutch was very tough. I am looking forward to Sunday’s final match against Ruben Spaargaarden. It’s nice to play here in Rotterdam with this fantastic atmosphere. I hope a lot of people will come to watch my final tomorrow.”

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