Sitting on the bench for the Netherlands’ Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas team is a true tennis star in Paul Haarhuis. The 47-year-old had a dream career as a player, attaining a career high singles ranking of No. 18 and bettered that in the doubles arena by ranking No. 1. He won six Grand Slam doubles trophies during his time on tour. Five of those Grand Slam victories came with fellow Dutchman Jacco Eltingh: the 1994 Australian and US Open titles, 1995 Roland Garros, and 1998 Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He won the 2002 Roland Garros title with Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
In singles, Haarhuis won one career title in Jakarta, Indonesia, and his best Grand Slam singles result was reaching the 1991 US Open quarterfinals. One of Haarhuis’ biggest claims to fame was being one of five players to hold a winning singles record over Pete Sampras - he was 3-1 against the American superstar.
Haarhuis is also the recipient of a Davis Cup Commitment Award. Over the course of his career, he played 27 ties for Netherlands. He finished with a 15-8 record in singles and a 16-10 record in doubles.
Haarhuis is currently in charge of the development of the 16-year-olds back in the Netherlands so knows his group of players. Unfortunately, the round-robin portion of the competition has not been kind to the Dutch as they lost against the fourth-seeded USA, sixth-seeded Australians, and Bolivia. Haarhuis, however, has been trying to give his team a positive spin on what they can take from this Junior Davis Cup campaign as a learning experience.