Merckx the fourth

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There is no need to introduce Eddy Merckx, the cyclist, legend and the greatest Belgian sportsman of the 20th century. His son Axel did not roll in the footsteps of his father. Difficult with such a name! But he still managed to forge a respectable record: a stage on the Tour of Italy and a Belgian title in 2000 and the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. But in the flat country, there are another Eddy Merckx, who is unrelated to the Cannibal. The native of Reet, near Antwerp, is a distinguished billiard player, double world champion. To continue with the Merckx patronymic, here the tennis player. Jonas, 614th world player, concedes quickly that he is not from “Eddy’s family.” But he is used to questions about it. “At a tournament in Turkey I was already asked if I had a connection with the cycling champion. However, Jonas is amused: “Of course, I would like to become world champion like him! Even if he can not stand the comparison with the other three Merckx, Jonas realizes beautiful things in Marcq-en-Baroeul where he is unbeaten, as an individual. It projects itself with ambition towards the future. “I hope to climb to the 500th place next year and stay there. But first I have to get a wrist operation. And as of course a Merckx can hide another, Jonas does not forget to slip a word about his little brother Jasper. “He’s playing table tennis and he’s 500th in the world. Currently he has gone to train in China. We are a family of sportsmen. Assuredly Belgium owes much to the Merckx.