Last year’s second seed and losing finalist Jerry den Hartog is still unsure whether a leg injury will prevent him from participating in this year’s EiPSI Open, sources close to the player say.
Although with over 10 players confirmed so far, this edition of the tournament will see the biggest number of matches played yet, it is not clear whether Jerry will be playing in any of them.
After last year’s unlucky Croconole injury days before the EiPSI Open, pundits are already discussing the “Jerry Jinx”. Last time around, however, the jinx did not prevent Den Hartog from participating, and even reaching the final. Having beat Meilof Veeningen in two sets and Milan Petkovic in three, he eventually succumbed in a one-sided final to “Baseline” Bery Schoenmakers. Suggestions have been made that talk of yet another injury is merely meant to downplay the high expectations for Jerry’s performance in this year’s EiPSI Open.
Jerry den Hartog did participate just one month ago in this year’s edition of his home tournament, the Fellenoord Open. He reached the quarter-finals of the men’s singles (level 8), but went out in the first round of the doubles tournament (level 7), in which he teamed up with the EiPSI Open third seed Milan Petkovic.