Koolhof and his partner were not much lower than 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 service loss of Koolhof cost the duo the head. The tennis player from Duiven was very disappointed with his level in the finals. “It was very bad on my part. Hopefully it will go better next year”, he said during the prize ceremony.
A ton the man
Because of his place in the finals, Koolhof, together with Mektic, is allowed to share a cheque for USD 240,000, or more than EUR 200,000. The match was played in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis stadium in the world. Fans were not welcome because of the coronavirus restrictions.
All in all, the two of them can look back on a very successful tournament, in which it became clear that Koolhof and Mektic will be a combination to be reckoned with in the coming years. The two 31 year old tennis players will be able to compete on the ATP-Tour for years to come.
Even without Mektic at his side, Koolhof was of course already a highly respected double, witness his five final victories at ATP level. With various partners he achieved strong results over the years. Only last year the pupil of trainer Marco Kroes reached the finals of a Masters 1000 tournament with both Robin Haase (twice) and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, but until this edition of the US Open it was never a brilliant result at a grand slam tournament.
Good click Koolhof with Croat
With Mektic it clicks perfectly. The two of them made a nice series for the empty stands in New York. In the semi-finals the Australian Open champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury were sent home by the freshly playing couple. In the finals Koolhof and Mektic were hardly inferior to their opponents, who were not only just a little better but also just a little more fortunate.