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Wendi Schutte - Tennis Player

About

About me:

Date of birth: 17-10-1990
Hand Used: Right
Height: 167cm
Racket: Prince Synergy
Clothing: Nike
Shoes: Nike
Any Sponsors: Prince, Your own Venture, Smeeing Mobility, Rojo Racketsports, International Wheelchair Tennis Institute
Favourite Player: Bianca Andreescu
Career Aspirations: World Number 1
Favourite Tournament: British Open and US Open (st. Louis)
Best Surface: Hard Court
Best Win: Beating the number 40, former number 29, in the world from Ukraine.
Goals for the coming year: ITF top 20 ranking in singles and doubles
Favourite Quote: Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all,
don’t let anyone limit your dreams.

Location

Hilversum

North-Holland

Netherlands

Aims & Goals

  • This year, 2021, I am aiming to achieve a ITF Top 35 ranking in singles and doubles.
  • Next year, 2022, I am aiming to achieve a ITF Top 20 ranking in singles and doubles.
  • In 2023 I am aiming to achieve a ITF Top 12 ranking in singles and doubles.
  • In June 2024 I am aiming to be Top 10 in a cleaned list singles and doubles which I need to
    qualify for the Paralympic Games in Paris 2024.
  • For the future I am aiming to get my ITF ranking to top 7 to be able to play Grand Slams. And
    beside that I will work extremely hard to get my ranking as high as possible, striving to aim a
    number 1 position in singles!

Playing experience:

  • 1 October 2016: Start playing wheelchair tennis
  • 2017: Playing national tournaments starting at level D to finish at Main Draw

2018:

  • May 2018 first international tournament
  • ITF Year End Ranking 97 in singles and 83 in doubles

2019:

  • ITF Year End Ranking 51 in singles and 49 in doubles
  • Invited to official being part of the Dutch national selection and team
  • 2020 (COVID-19): ITF Year End Ranking 53 in singles and 50 in doubles
  • 2021: Current ITF ranking 40 in singles and 42 doubles

I train 6 days a week. 4 days with my private coach Marc Kalkman at Tulip Tennis Center in
Hilversum and 2 days at the national center of the KNLTB with the national selection team.

Testimonials

Marc Kalkman - Coach

Wendi rolled into my door five years go and wanted to start a new challenge. Due to the consequences of a failed hip operation, she had to switch sports. It started as a weekly session, soon it was a full training programme. Wendi is very motivated to learn new things and is dedicated to what she is doing. If I would describe Wendi: She is punctual, organised, committed, critical, realistic and has eye for detail. Wendi started her international wheelchair tennis career three and half years ago and has climbed to the top 40 of the Uniqlo wheelchair tennis tour rankings and is keen to make the next step. She loves to train (fitness, on court tennis sessions, mobility training, analyse matches etc.) and loves to compete and challenge herself to the next level. As her coach it’s a joy to work on a daily base with an athlete as Wendi, she creates energy and always willing to work hard.