Dutch tennis star Kiki Bertens has decided that she will play for the Netherlands in the Fed Cup in February and the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, after weeks of hesitations and discussions with her team and the Dutch Tennis Federation.
According to Eurosport, the 9th ranked Bertens commented, "I weighed the pros and cons and made the choice to represent the Netherlands at the Fed Cup and in Tokyo." Dutch captain Paul Haarhuis is certainly a happy man, commenting "It is of course very gratifying that Kiki is making her selection available for the first time since 2017.
This greatly increases the chances of the team." Bertens had not played the Fed Cup since 2017 since she wanted to focus on her individual ranking on the tour. The Dutch play Belarus in The Hague on February 7 and 8 and will be aiming to qualify for the new format of the Fed Cup World Group Finals which is scheduled to be held in April in Budapest.
Bertens is likely to be joined by World No. 93 Arantxa Rus; World No. 166 Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove and World No. 14 in doubles Demi Schuurs in the Fed Cup. Besides a shot for a medal in the singles, where Bertens is ranked No. 9 but has been ranked as high as No.
4 in the past, Bertens will team up with Schuurs for the women's doubles event and the duo should have a good shot at a medal there as well. It remains to be seen if Bertens will also play the mixed doubles event. The Netherlands have three players ranked in the Top 40 of the doubles world rankings - No.
14 Wesley Koolhof, No. 20 Jean-Julien Rojer and No. 33 Robin Haase. Bertens had earlier denied reports that she was seeking financial compensation for playing in the Fed Cup after some reports in the Dutch media suggested the same.