Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2011.
- Began playing tennis at age six with his older brother Maurice, who teaches tennis in his hometown of Rotterdam
- Father, Fred, works as a caretaker at his former school; mother, Cisca, works part-time as a cleaning lady
- Compiled outstanding junior results, winning World Youth Cup in 1996 and reaching doubles final at US Open in 1995 (w/Wessels)
- Played soccer as a youngster and his favorite team is Feyenoord in Rotterdam
- Enjoys listening to Lenny Kravitz and Pearl Jam
- Plays and enjoys watching snooker (favorite player is Ronnie O’Sullivan)
- Says, “I can watch snooker all day.”
- Has a 6-11 career Davis Cup record (6-10 in singles) in 12 ties since 2001
- Selected to ATP Player Council for 2004-06 term
- Coached by Hugo Ekker.
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