Monday is step one of the Dutch government's step-by-step plan to ease the Netherlands out of the intelligent lockdown it is in due to the coronavirus. Today primary schools, contact professions like hairdressers and therapists, certain sports clubs, and driving schools can reopen.
The Dutch government may soon give the green light for non-contact sports like tennis and golf to restart, to expand sports opportunities for children and teenagers, and for libraries to reopen, the Telegraaf reports based on leaked advice from the government's Outbreak Management Team (OMT).
Underage teenagers can order beer from most sports clubs in the Netherlands without any problems. The vast majority of sports club canteens do not check IDs before serving alcohol to young people, according to a study commissioned by the government, NOS reports.
Over 82 percent of football clubs sell alcohol to underage teenagers. Less than 19 percent of hockey clubs check IDs. Tennis clubs and sports halls did not perform much better, with 24 and 25 percent respectively checking IDs.
Tennis coach Mark de J. is appearing in court for the first time today regarding the murder of business man Koen Everink. The Public Prosecutor is charging De J. with murder or manslaughter. This pre-trial hearing in the court in Utrecht will focus on whether or not the tennis coach will remain in custody
"Of course I hope that Mark did not do it", Dutch tennis player Robin Haase said to the Volkskrant in his first interview about the death of his friend Koen Everink and the fact that his coach Mark de J. is a prime suspect in his murder.
While Dutch tennis star Kiki Bertens did not manage to go through to the final of the Roland Garros on Friday, the past two weeks were not a complete loss. By reaching the semi-finals, in which she lost to Serena Williams on Friday, Bertens earned a small 500 thousand euros in prize money
Kiki Bertens is the 7th Dutch ever to play a semifinal match in a Grand Slam tournament. The 24-year-old tennis player is playing against Serena Williams at Roland Garros on Friday, NU.nl reports.
The murder of business man Koen Everink had a big impact on Dutch tennis player Robin Haase, especially given that his former coach Mark de J. is the prime suspect. "Mentally this past few weeks and months was not great for me. It remains a very unpleasant and difficult period", the tennis player said to the Telegraaf.
The relationship between tennis coach Mark de J. and businessman Koen Everink was tense for months before Everink's murder. Witnesses told the police that the two started arguing about tennis player Robin Haase last year
The man arrested at Schiphol on Thursday in connection with the murder of business man Koen Everink is Mark de J., coach for tennis player Robin Haase
Dutch tennis association KNLTB is stunned by an ESSA report which states that there was match fixing involved in two tennis-matches in the Netherlands last year. The report does not say which matches or on what level, only that the one match happened between April and June and the other between July and September.
The Tennis Integrity Unit is investigating the tennis match between two Kazakhstani players in the challenger tournament in Scheveningen on Wednesday for match fixing. The three sets between the two players showed suspicious patterns on the gambling market
The Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam has, for the first time, been transformed into a suitable event space for tennis with the Davis Cup launching this weekend. Laying a gravel court in place of a star-studded stage has been the most difficult in this conversion process, Het Parool reports.
Dutch tennis player Kiki Bertens just missed out against German Andrea Petkovic in the women's quarter finals at Roland Garros. She landed in 28th place with 6-1, 2-6, 5-7.
Squash and tennis will unite in the Netherlands later this month. The Double AR Rotterdam Open Squash 2013 and the HDI Gerling Rotterdam Open Tennis 2013 will be held at the same time at Victoria in Rotterdam.