Erik Faneker

President & Founder

My name is Erik Faneker (1993), and I’m the founder and president of the Thirty Love Foundation. 

You would also be able to know me as your neighborhood tennis coach in Amsterdam. Since 2012, I’ve been working as a coach while completing both my studies in Communication Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, and Human Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit

Erik Faneker Thirty Love
Sophie van der Horst
Erik Faneker Tennis
Sophie van der Horst

During this time, I’ve had the privilege to work at a variety of clubs in Amsterdam. Ever since I graduated with a specialization in High Performance Coaching in 2020, I’m on a mission to share everything I’ve learned through workshops and online courses. In 2023, on my thirtieth birthday, I founded the Thirty Love Academy: I offer science-backed tennis education for not only tennis coaches, but also for players and their parents.

Thirty Love can, in tennis terminology, literally be translated to having a 2-0 lead in the game. Yet where some people start life with a 2-0 head start, for the majority of people, reality is the other way around. For that reason, I founded the Thirty Love Foundation next to the Academy.

Together with my fellow board members Sophie and Vincent, I want to make tennis accessible to everybody for whom this is not a given.