Thiemo De Bakker Bio

  • Full name is Thiemo Carsten Jannick de Bakker
  • Mother Carlieke, introduced her son to tennis when she would bring him to local club and he taught himself how to play
  • At age six he started practising with coaches from Dutch Tennis Federation
  • Earned his first swimming diploma at age three and started playing at a soccer club at age four
  • Ruud Thijssen, father of Nicole Thijssen (played for junior Fed Cup team) was coach at his club and recognized his talent
  • He let Thiemo join practice even though he was still very young
  • Has one older (Yori) and one younger brother (Kayo)
  • Finished as No. 1 junior in world in 2006, capping his career with title at Wimbledon juniors (d. Gawron)
  • Also won four other junior titles, in Costa Rica, Australia, Italy and Great Britain
  • Advanced to SF at Roland Garros (l. to Bester)
  • Considers clay his best surface and forehand as best shot
  • Coached part-time by Rohan Goetzke, the technical director of the Dutch Tennis Federation, and mentored by Richard Krajicek..
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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