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Wessel van der Aar: We could really argue back then
Date: 7/12/2020 12:49 PM
Published by : BEC staff

Wessel van der Aar is a name to monitor in Dutch badminton as he vows to work hard to be ‘one of Europe’s best in the future’. 

The 19-year-old Dutchman was part of the historic silver winning team at the European Men’s and Women’s Team Championships (EMWTC) in Lievin. After this leap up into elite senior badminton, Van der Aar lays out his short-term goals to keep this momentum up when tournaments restart.

- My short term goal is to develop as much as possible and start to begin winning tournaments at the senior circuit and build my way up towards the higher tournaments.

Van der Aar displayed great versatility at the EMWTC and has featured in all possible categories in recent years. A doubles player at hear, will it be mixed or men’s doubles that he will focus on?

- For now, I don’t really have a focus just yet. I just want to get as good as possible in both disciplines and then in the future, I can see where I will be the most successful. When you’re a doubles player you are also quite dependable on the partner you’ll get so it’s just important for everyone to be as good as possible so we can help each other towards the next level.

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A pretty realistic scenario

Fast forward a decade, from the beginning of a career to nearing the end. When asked where he will be then, and what he has achieved, Van der Aar responds.

- In 10 years, I still hope to be playing since I will be only 29 then. And as for achievement go, I hope to have one European title by then. I have always liked to play the European Junior Championships when I was a junior. The same goes for national junior championships because then you can really say you are number one. So I don’t know if I will achieve it but that is definitely one achievement I would hope for.

When discussing other tournaments on the circuit he would love to win, Van der Aar had a clear answer ready. 

- It would be a dream to win is the All England, it has such a high prestige to it. And it is also in Europe so it would be a great chance for the family to come and watch.

Wessel van der Aar has an older sibling also playing at a high level. His sister, Imke van der Aar is a mixed doubles player. When asked whether it would be a realistic option for them to play together at some point, he says. 

- Yes, I would say it is a pretty realistic scenario, we already played the nationals together last year and we also played some matches together in the Dutch league this year. Despite that, we are family we can communicate well on court and take criticism from one another. This used to different when I played with my twin sister, Bregje, when I was U9 and U11. These were some fun times, but we could really argue back then because we were so young and were family playing together. Sadly, she had to stop due to injury, but she was actually the biggest natural talent out of the three of us. 

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