Tennis pro talks on-court proposal

Martin Emmrich got down on one knee as he proposed to his girlfriend and fellow tennis player Michaella Krajicek at the Topshelf Open in the Netherlands in June. Martin Emmrich got down on one knee as he proposed to his girlfriend and fellow tennis player Michaella Krajicek at the Topshelf Open in the Netherlands in June.

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Martin Emmrich proposed to his girlfriend on court at Dutch tournament
  • Michaella Krajicek was able to make a new memory at venue where she had suffered in past
  • The couple are partners in mixed doubles competitions

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(CNN) — On a small tennis court in the Netherlands, love took center-stage.

It had all the ingredients of a romantic fairytale — the nervous suitor down on one knee in front of a crowd of strangers, hoping that months of planning would win the heart of the girl of his dreams.

“I didn’t cry once when I practiced it in front of the mirror, it was the nerves that kicked in when I went on the court,” Martin Emmrich, a doubles specialist seeking to find his life partner, told CNN’s Open Court show.

“I was very afraid that I wouldn’t find any words.”

The German had met his love at the same tournament 12 months earlier — but apart from that, the venue didn’t hold great memories for her.

“She fainted once on that court, had a knee injury on that court,” Emmrich explains.

Fast forward to June 2014, and Michaella Krajicek had just won her opening match of the Topshelf Open, which hosts both men’s and women’s competitions, when Emmrich made his big move.

To her surprise, Emmrich came onto the grass with a microphone in hand.

“I thought, ‘Uh-oh it’s going to happen now, I can’t believe it!’ ” recalls the Dutchwoman, younger sister of former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.

“I was standing there sweaty and wrapped in a tournament towel … It was really romantic.”

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