Meet new contributor Chris “The Slicing Dutchman” De Waard
The Editors, Tennis East Coast
He began writing for us a few weeks ago when he covered the Sport1 Open and now Chris De Waard will be joining our talented team here at Tennis East Coast as our ATP Challenger Tour correspondent on an official basis.
Chris got into tennis thanks to his mother. In his own words, “I grew up with tennis, my mom played it and took me to Roland Garros when I was five years old, I started playing myself when I was 7, was talented but not enough to think about going pro (peaked just inside the top 40 of my age group) and still play to this day (USTA 5.0 for those familiar with the rating system)”.
He is currently studying history at university in the Netherlands and seeks to get a masters degree in one of the journalism disciplines in the future so that he can pursue employment as a tennis writer full time.
When it comes to tennis, he grew up a fan of Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten, and currently roots for David Ferrer, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem, Dustin Brown, Fabio Fognini, Alex Dolgopolov, and everyone’s favorite challenger journeyman Enrico Becuzzi.
When he’s not going to school or watching tennis, he’s a fan of the Dutch soccer (football) club AZ Alkmaar and he also enjoys the occasional techno party.
We’ve given him the nickname “The Slicing Dutchman” here at Tennis East Coast, and be sure to check the site weekly for his great coverage of the ATP Challenger Tour where the future greats of the game hone their skills to reach the next level.
Welcome Chris and we look forward to your awesome coverage!-The Editors