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Eltingh-Haarhuis To Make Tour Return In Rotterdam

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Eltingh, Haarhuis© Getty ImagesJacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis will take a wild card into Rotterdam.

The most successful Dutch doubles team of all time, Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis, will make a return the ATP World Tour in 2011. The Dutchmen, who won 39 tour-level titles, including all four Grand Slams, have taken a wild card into the 38th ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, from 7-13 February in Ahoy, Rotterdam.

The idea for this one-off comeback came during a recent trip by the Dutch ‘Golden Generation’ to Surinam. Along with former national coach Stanley Franker, Richard Krajicek, Jan Siemerink, Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis opened Krajicek’s Foundation’s first Playground outside The Netherlands.

Haarhuis said, “During the trip to Surinam we wondered about the level Jacco and I would still be able to reach. Where we are right now? No idea. The players of today are of course more in shape and have been playing a lot more than us over the last years. But the idea of playing them still thrills me after all these years. Thanks to the encouragement of Richard, who encouraged us to join the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, we have decided to face this challenge. And like in the old days, we will prepare ourselves well.”

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Eltingh and Haarhuis will participate in the Australian Open “Legends Doubles” prior to the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. This period will not only allow them to get used to playing together again, but will also serve as an intensive training.

Eltingh said, “This is so much fun. And I never thought that I would be so thrilled just by the idea of playing on the highest level once more. And if we ever wanted to do this, Paul and I couldn’t wait any longer, because we are not getting any younger.”

Tournament Director Krajicek said, “We talked it over in Surinam and I promised them a wild card if they decided to play. I told them, if you decide a one-off comeback, please do so during the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. That they both have decided to donate their prize money to a new playground for my foundation, obviously makes me very proud. If the doubles draw gives us the possibility, we want to give them the stage they deserve on Monday evening as the opening match."

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