February

Christopher and Matthew Look Forward to a Tough Test in the Dutch Junior

On a stellar run of form and seeded second in a taxing field for the Dutch Junior this week, the Grimley brothers are looking to add another title to their growing list of successes.

With wins in each of their last three junior tournaments as a doubles pair – including the Hungarian and Swedish titles in recent weeks – the Grimleys are full of confidence.

This week’s Dutch Junior, being played in Haarlem, features a truly global field and Matthew – who was initially entered into both the doubles and singles events before withdrawing from the latter – is expecting a tough time.

“I’m really looking forward to playing the Dutch Junior because this tournament is always a strong level with a lot of Asian players in the draw,” said the 18-year-old. “This is also the first time for me playing this tournament.

“I withdrew from the singles because I have a knee injury, therefore didn’t want to aggravate it more.

“But I’m hoping to do well in the doubles because we are seeded two and also we are playing at a good level right now – we have won the last three junior tournaments that we played in.

“I’m not familiar with a lot of the players in the draw because there are lots of Asians in there – and we don’t play them very often – so I think the players we don’t know will be our main rivals.”

The brothers begin their campaign on Thursday, following a bye in the first round, where they will face either French or Indian opponents.

Calixte Courbon and Lalaina Ramanana-Rahary or Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam lie in wait – with Chinese top seeds Di Zijian and Wang Chang the biggest threats in the top half of the draw.

Matthew’s brother Christopher will also be taking part in the singles and, having won the Swedish Junior and got to the semi-finals of the Hungarian – the 18-year-old is understandably confident.

But unseeded for the event, Grimley faces ninth seed Kartikey Gulshan Kumar in the second round – both receiving first-round byes – and is not taking the match lightly.

“I’ve never played my second-round opponent but he is the ninth seed so I’m expecting a hard match. I will give it my best shot though,” he said.

“Then in doubles, hopefully we can win as many games at this tournament but every match will be tough.”