Koolhof and his partner were not inferior to the Croatian / Brazilian combination, but were just a bit short on the important points. The first set seemed to be heading for a tiebreak, but at 5-6 there was an unnecessary loss of service for Mektic. In the second set, Koolhof’s service loss cost the duo the head. The tennis player from Duiven was very disappointed with his level in the final afterwards. “It was very bad on my part. Hopefully things will go better next year ”, he said during the awards ceremony.
A ton the man
Because of his place in the final, Koolhof can share a check for $ 240,000, converted over 200,000 euros, together with Mektic. The match was played in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis stadium in the world. Fans were not welcome due to the corona restrictions.
All in all, the pair can look back on a very successful tournament, in which it became clear that Koolhof and Mektic are a combination to be reckoned with in the coming years. Both 31-year-old tennis players can participate on the ATP Tour for years to come.
Consultation at Koolhof and Mektic.
Even without Mektic by his side, Koolhof was of course already a highly respected doubler, as witnessed by five final victories at ATP level. He has achieved strong results with various partners over the years. Last year the pupil of trainer Marco Kroes reached the final of a Masters 1000 tournament with both Robin Haase (twice) and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, but until this edition of the US Open there was never a fantastic result in a grand slam tournament. come.
Good click Koolhof with Croat
With Mektic it clicks very well. The pair put down a nice series in front of the empty stands in New York. For example, in the semi-final battle the Australian Open champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury were sent home by the freshly playing couple. In the final Koolhof and Mektic were hardly inferior to their opponents, who were not only slightly better but also a bit more fortunate.