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Jonas Arnesen new columnist for Svaneholm Open – ATP Champions Tour

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Svaneholm Open – ATP Champions Tour can proudly present our new columnist Jonas Arnesen.

Jonas will regularly write chronicles and articles both up until the tournament and also every day during the tournament.

”Controversial is a review I sometimes get to read or hear about me. I take this lightly but still has difficulty understanding why it is considered controversial to present opinions that are not politically correct or do not correspond to what the majority consider. Regardless, I will continue to react to things that tarnish the sport like doping, incompetent federations, cheaters, etc”, Arnesen says.

“Like many others, I was pretty promising as a junior but did not even come close to results worth mentioning. I have followed the tennis as a journalist since 1979 – Smålandstidningen, Barometer, Expressen and SvD (where i stayed for 28 years). I am freelancing since May 2013”, he continues.

Together with former world champion Magnus Norman and journalist Patrik Cederlund, Arnesen has written the book “Tennis off the record”-2005. Arnesen has been named Sweden’s premier tennis journalist two times.

– “We are incredibly happy to be able to present Arnesen as a columnist. With his great knowledge and accurate analyzes, he will give us many interesting and exciting articles and chronicles,” says Mårten Hedlund, Tournament Director Svaneholm Open – ATP Champions Tour.

Follow Arnesens chronicles and articles here on https://svaneholmopen.com

“The year I became No 1”

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Wilander talks about 1988 - the year he became world number 1

– “It’s a feeling of finally fulfilling your potential”

In 1988, Wilander won 3 majors and became world number one. he went of to win 33 ATP-titles. Watch him talk about it in this video.

Svaneholm Open – ATP Champions Tour 2019 spelas den 26-29 juni vid Svaneholms Slott i Skåne som en unik lagturnering mellan fyra av de största tennisnationerna i historien; Sverige, USA, Frankrike och Australien.

Varje nationslag består av 2 spelare som har varit världsetta i tennis eller har vunnit en Grand Slam turnering.

Invigningen sker den 26 juni med start 18.30. Den 27 och 28 juni spelas semifinalerna mellan Sverige och Frankrike samt mellan USA och Australien. Lördagen den 29 juni blir det final.

Både semifinalerna och finalen består av två singelmatcher och en dubbelmatch.

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Mark Woodforde confirmed for Svaneholm Open

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Mark Woodforde just confirmed to play at Svaneholm Open - ATP Champions Tour 2019

He took 67 double titles, including twelve in Grand Slam. He has an Olympic gold medal, an Olympic silver medal and a Davis Cup title on his track record.

Woodforde join Pat Cash in Australia’s star-studded team at Svaneholm Open – ATP Champions Tour which will be played on June 26-29, 2019 at Svaneholms Slott in Skåne.

For many years he coupled with compatriot Todd Woodbridge. “The Woodies” became a concept in the tennis world and together they took 61 titles and they triumphed in all the four Grand Slam tournaments. Starting in 1993, they took five straight Wimbledon titles.

– “My first Wimbledon title is my dearest memory of the career, well possibly along with the Olympic gold in Atlanta in 1996 and the Davis Cup victory in 1999”, now 53-year-old Woodforde has said in a newspaper interview.

In fact, he already had one Grand Slam title before the successful collaboration with Woodbridge began. In 1989, he and John McEnroe won in the US Open and three of Woodforde’s first four double titles were taken in pairs with the American. During the Svaneholm Open – ATP Champions Tour, the former partners will be on opposite teams facing each other. Two of the four teams are now ready. Sweden lines up Mats Wilander and Jonas Björkman, Australia thus Pat Cash and Mark Woodforde. John McEnroe and Frenchman Henri Leconte have not yet decided who to team up with in the Champion Tour history’s first nation tournament.

Svaneholm Open – The ATP Champions Tour 2019 becomes a senior Davis Cup between four of the most victorious nations of all time. The United States has 32 titles followed by Australia with 28. France has 10 (as well as Britain) and Sweden has seven. When Australia 20 years ago took its second latest DC title (they also won in 2003), “The Woodies” gave their team the lead with 2-1 in the away final against France. The following year, Mark Woodforde finished his career. During the season he and Woodbridge had taken eight titles, including Wimbledon and the French Open. But before the DC finals away against Spain, the duo split. Woodbridge who was about to become a father at precisely the same time as the finals chose not to participate. Woodforde instead got the reserve Sandon Stolle, the double was lost and Spain took the title. The match was Mark Woodforde’s last during the professional career where the huge successes in double overshadow his single merits, even though they are very good. Four titles and a 19th place as the top of the ranking is a fantastic track record that most players can only dream of.

The face that this becomes almost a parenthesis in the case of Mark Woodford’s, only underscores how extremely successful he was in double.

Did you know that:

  • “The Woddies” took three straight titles (1992-94) in the Stockholm Open which was then a Masters (called Super 9) and was decided in the Globe
  • In 1994, Jonas Björkman / Jan Apell was finally defeated.
  • Mark Woodforde, in addition to his 67 titles, reached the final in another 25 ATP tournaments.

Svaneholm Open – ATP Champions Tour 2019 will be played June 26-29 at Svaneholms Slott in Skåne as a unique team tournament between four of the biggest tennis nations in history; Sweden, USA, France and Australia.

Each national team consists of 2 players who have been world number one or have won a Grand Slam tournament. The opening ceremony takes place on June 26, starting at 18.30. On 27 and 28 June, the semi-finals will be played between Sweden and France and between the USA and Australia. On Saturday, June 29, the final will be final.

Both the semi-finals and the final consist of two single matches and a double match

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“It’ll be magical to play with Mats”

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Jonas Björkman confirmed for Svaneholm Open – ATP Champions Tour 2019.

– It’ll be fantastic. This is a dream coming true for me, Björnman says.
Jonas Björkman is joining Mats Wilander in the Swedish team at Svaneholm Open, the first ever Nations Tournament on the popular ATP Champions Tour.
Previous world doubles number 1 and singles number 4 and nine time Grand Slam winner, Jonas Björkman is thrilled to be part of the Swedish team.
– To play along side Mats is magical for me. I was 12 when Mats won the French Open and ever since then he has been my idol and inspiration. In addition we have a common background from Växjö Tennis Club and we grew up not far from each other.
Tne Swedish team is now as the first team complete. The captains of the USA, French and Australian teams, John McEnroe, Henri Leconte and Pat Cash now have a challenging task of deciding who to their team players shall be in this Davids Cup like Tournament.
These four countries are among the giants throughout the Davids Cup history and Björkman is very positive to this new tournament format.
–       The Champions Tour is already an amazing tournament and this format will add a new dimension of excitement, which is already evident by the enthusiasm of the players involved. There is a buzz in the tennis community around this, everyone wants to join.
With the combined ranking of number one in doubles and four in singles, Björkman is one of the best allround player in history. Very few players outrank him. In singles, he has six titles and reached two grand slam semi finals (US Open 1997 och Wimbledon 2006). In doubles he won 54 titles, nine of which in Grand Slam. It is only six years since Jonas played his last match on the ATP tour. The temporary comeback became a great success when he, in pairs with Robert Lindstedt, went all the way to the final in Stockholm Open. Although it did not become a 55th title for Björkman, he showed both opponents and spectators in the Royal Hall that he was still playing at a very high level
– Nowadays I am in pretty bad shape. I kept myself in good shape until last year when I had some injuries. I reached the age where such things tend to happen, haha.
– The problem was that I was playing both padel and tennis for while and I overdid it.
After rehab last september Björkman started to training with a personal trainer and was getting stronger but then he got the flu and also pneumonia.
– I have not yet dared to go back to full training but I will step it up now and be in shape for Svaneholm Open. For me it is all about making sure I play as much tennis as possible before the tournament.
With Wilander and Björkman, Sweden musters a very strong team and McEnroe, Leconte and Cash has to try to find fellow players that will make their team match the home team lineup.
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Svaneholm Open – ATP Champions Tour 2019 will be played June 26-29 at Svaneholms Slott in Skåne as a unique team tournament between four of the biggest tennis nations in history; Sweden, USA, France and Australia. Each national team consists of 2 players who have been world number one or have won a Grand Slam tournament. The opening ceremonytakes place on June 26, starting at 18.30. On 27 and 28 June, the semi-finals will be played between Sweden and France and between the USA and Australia. On Saturday, June 29, the final will be final. Both the semi-finals and the final consist of two single matches and a double match.

Ticket available for Svaneholm Open

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Tickets are now available for Svaneholm Open ATP-Champions tour.

The new ATP-Champions tour event at Svaneholm Castle in southern Sweden introduce a new format for the games where 4 of the great nations in Tennis in the 80:s meet again to compete for the national honor. USA, Sweden, France and Australia will battle it our in both singles and double matches. Legendary players like John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Henri Leconte and Pat Cash will lead their respective teams. Old scores will be settled once and for all.

Sales are speeding up. – “We have seen great interest already the first weekend of sales”, says Mårten Hedlund, Tournament director.

-“The new format adds an element of excitement and prestige to the game and the players are very excited to participate”, he continues.

Follow this link to read more about the different package available to buy.

Hass survives Gonzales challenge at Delray Beach

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Tommy Haas withstood an in-form Fernando Gonzalez on Day 2 at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. The Chilean won all three of his matches at this event last year to lead Team Americas to victory, but Haas rallied on Saturday to defeat the Chilean 6-7(5), 6-3, 13-11.

Team World now holds a 4-2 lead over Team Americas after winning three of four matches on Saturday. They need to only win one of Sunday’s two scheduled matches to take the title.

Gonzalez holds a 4-1 lead over Haas in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry from their days on the ATP Tour, but Haas turned the tables in front of a large crowd on Saturday night. He hung tough against a barrage of big forehands from Gonzalez and stepped in the court when he had the chance to secure the win.

“It was fun at times and serious at times. He came up with some unbelievable shots and when he’s on, he’s still one of the toughest players I’ve ever faced,” said Haas. “It got pretty competitive out there. The outcome of the match is not so important these days, but you still want to win.”

The day proved to be especially memorable for Haas as he was added to the Delray Beach Open Walk of Fame. The German won the title here in 2006.

“It’s an absolute honor and I didn’t expect it. To be the third inductee after John McEnroe and the Bryan brothers is really special,” said Haas. “I always enjoy playing this event and Florida has a special place in my heart having been a resident and spending so much time here.”

Tim Henman of Great Britain showed off some impressive volleys in his 6-4, 6-2 win over American Jan-Michael Gambill. After securing the opening set, Henman began to open up on his serve and raced through the latter stages of the match.

“I first came here in 1991 to play a junior event,” said Henman. “It’s fantastic to have such a good group of people who are organising this event and have such great support from the fans.”

Jesse Levine handily defeated Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 6-3, 6-3 in the other match on Saturday’s evening schedule. The Canadian has yet to drop a set in his two singles matches this week.

The first doubles match of this year’s event saw Ferreira and Mikael Pernfors defeat Gonzalez and Jay Berger 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.

Sunday will see the 2019 Delray Beach Open wrap up with a doubles match featuring Gambill and Gonzalez taking on Ferreira and Henman, followed by Haas against Levine.

Levine thrills home crowd with Delray Beach win

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Team Americas and Team World are tied 1-1 after Day 1 at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, with Jesse Levine picking up the first point for Team Americas and Tommy Haas evening the score for Team International on Friday.

The Canadian opened up play with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tim Henman. Levine, who now lives in nearby Boca Raton, had a vocal contingent of friends and family cheering him on. He controlled the majority of the rallies and hit the shot of the night with an around-the-post winner.

“Tim is someone I always looked up to as a kid, so to share the court with him was pretty special for me,” said Levine. “It’s obviously for fun out there, but we want to win and it got pretty competitive.

In the second match of the night, Haas outlasted American Jan-Michael Gambill 7-6(4), 7-5. The former World No. 2 and 2006 Delray Beach Open champion, who ended his 22-year ATP Tour career this past March, showed plenty of the flashy baseline play that saw him defeat Roger Federer just two years ago.

“I played on the Champions Tour for the first time last year and it’s nice to see all the familiar faces,” said Haas. “It’s always nice to come out and have some fans show up in the stands. This is something I still really enjoy doing and I try to see what I can still do out there.”

Saturday’s day session schedule opens with doubles action featuring Fernando Gonzalez and Jay Berger taking on Wayne Ferreira and Mikael Pernfors, followed by Henman squaring off against Gambill.

The night session will see Levine battle Wayne Ferreira of South Africa, followed by Haas taking on Fernando Gonzalez of Chile. Gonzalez won all three of his matches at the 2018 Delray Beach Open to lead Team International to victory.

Gonzales set to lead Team Americas in Delray Beach

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Fernando Gonzalez won all three of his matches at the 2018 Delray Beach Open to lead Team International to a thrilling victory in Florida. But now leading Team Americas as its captain, the Chilean will hope to achieve the same result against Team World.

Gonzalez, who won 11 ATP Tour titles and climbed as high as No. 5 in the ATP Rankings, is set to play two doubles matches and a singles match in Delray Beach as he attempts to lead his team to victory once again. Perhaps the match that sticks out the most on paper is Saturday evening’s singles clash in primetime (8:00 pm), pitting Gonzalez against former World No. 2 and 2006 Delray Beach winner Tommy Haas.

Gonzalez won four of his five FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against Haas, with their biggest match coming in the 2007 Australian Open semi-finals. The Chilean broke serve five times while also winning 87 per cent of his first-serve points to triumph in one hour and 31 minutes, reaching his lone Grand Slam final.

While the powerful right-hander would lose to Roger Federer in the final, his win against Haas capped an impressive run during which he also beat Juan Martin del Potro, Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake, Rafael Nadal. Gonzalez will hope to find his best level, like he did during that fortnight, against Haas on Saturday. He will also be competing in doubles earlier in the day, as well as on Sunday.

The other former champion returning to compete in Delray Beach’s ATP Champions Tour event is American Jan-Michael Gambill. Gambill will face Haas in the second match of the event on Friday evening. Opening the tournament is Tim Henman and Jesse Levine.

While World No. 5 Kevin Anderson will compete in the ATP Tour event, a fellow South African star will play in the ATP Champions Tour competition. Former World No. 6 Wayne Ferreira will face Levine on Saturday evening, and also battle in two doubles matches. Also be sure to look out for British legend Tim Henman, Mikael Pernfors and Jay Berger.

Did You Know?
Gambill, who triumphed in Delray Beach in 2001 and 2003, is the only American to win the event twice.

Tournament Schedule
Friday, 15 February 2019
6:00 pm – Tim Henman (Team World) vs. Jesse Levine (Team Americas)
8:00 pm – Tommy Haas (Team World) vs. Jan-Michael Gambill (Team Americas)

Saturday, 16 February 2019
12:30 pm – Wayne Ferreira/Mikael Pernfors (Team World) vs. Fernando Gonzalez/Jay Berger (Team Americas)
2:30 pm – Tim Henman (Team World) vs. Jan-Michael Gambill (Team Americas)
6:00 pm – Wayne Ferreira (Team World) vs. Jesse Levine (Team Americas)
8:00 pm – Tommy Haas (Team World) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (Team Americas)

Sunday, 17 February 2019
12:30 pm – Wayne Ferreira/Tim Henman (Team World) vs. Fernando Gonzalez/Jan-Michael Gambill (Team Americas)
2:30 pm – Tommy Haas (Team World) vs. Jesse Levine (Team Americas)

2006 Delray Beach Champ HAAS returns with ATP Champions Tour

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The Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com announced Wednesday that 2006 singles champion and former World No. 2 Tommy Haas will be returning in 2019 for the ATP Champions Tour Event and action-packed holiday weekend of legends’ matches. Joining Haas are ATP Champions Tour stars Tim Henman, Mikael Pernfors and Wayne Ferreira (on Team World) and Fernando Gonzalez, Jessie Levine, Jan-Michael Gambill and Jay Berger (on Team Americas).

Getting underway President’s Weekend on 15 February 2019, Team Americas will battle Team World to try and regain its title after Team World won the 2017 and 2018 events. Consisting of six singles matches and two doubles matches, the first team to win five matches wins the ATP Champions Tour event.

“Our legends’ weekend gets stronger every year,” said Mark Baron, Tournament Director. “A lot of guys want to play, they like the team format and it puts a little more on the line for them. Fernando has been so strong and so well received the past couple years, now adding Tommy Haas, a former champion here, and Henman, a true gentleman and legend of the game, our fans are going to really enjoy this one.”

Making his first appearance in Delray Beach on the ATP Champions Tour, Haas will also make his debut as the captain of Team World. During his career on the ATP Tour, Haas captured 15 singles titles and finished eight seasons inside the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings. A familiar face to local tennis fans, Haas boasts career singles wins over Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi, defeating them at least three times each.

“Delray Beach holds wonderful memories for me having played in that stadium so many times, felt so much energy from their incredible fans and of course winning in 2006,” said Haas. “I’m honoured to be returning, captaining Team World and trying to be the first player to win both an ATP Tour title and ATP Champions Tour title in Delray.”

Teaming with Haas on the defending champion Team World squad is Henman of Great Britain (making his first appearance on the ATP Champions Tour in Delray Beach) who won 11 ATP Tour singles titles, four doubles titles and reached a career-high ATP Ranking of No. 4. South African Wayne Ferreira (making his second appearance in Delray Beach), who reached a career-high ATP ranking of No. 6, won 15 singles titles, 11 doubles titles and an Olympic bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and Swede Mikael Pernfors (making his fourth appearance in Delray Beach on the ATP Champions Tour) who won three ATP Tour singles titles, had a career-high ATP Ranking of No. 10 and won back-to-back NCAA Singles titles while at the University of Georgia, round out Team World.

Team Americas captain, Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, will be making his third straight appearance in Delray Beach. During his career on the ATP Tour, Gonzalez won 11 singles titles, was ranked as high as No. 7, competed twice at the Nitto ATP Finals, won bronze in singles and gold in doubles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and earned silver in singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Joining Gonzalez is Canadian Jesse Levine, who played Delray Beach four times while on Tour and was a member of the Canadian Davis Cup Team, and Jan-Michael Gambill who is a two-time former singles champion at Delray Beach and doubles champion with Andy Roddick in 2001. During his professional career, Gambill won three singles titles, five doubles titles, represented the U.S. twice in Davis Cup play (1998 and 2000) and had a career-best ATP Ranking of No. 21.

Making his first official appearance in Delray Beach’s ATP Champions Tour Event is American Berger who, in addition to winning three singles titles and reaching a career-high ATP Ranking of No. 7, represented the U.S. in Davis Cup in 1988 and 1990 and later became the head coach at the University of Miami.

With the 2019 legends match-ups already scheduled, tennis fans can take advantage of the holiday discount available through 4 January 2019, with 50 per cent off all ATP Champions Tour matches compliments of new presenting sponsor Vitacost.com. More information is available at: https://yellowtennisball.com/vitacost-com-welcomed-as-presenting-sponsor/.

Session, Day & Date, Time & Matches
1: Fri 2/15, 6:00pm Henman v Levine, NB 8:00pm Haas v Gambill
2: Sat 2/16, 2:30pm Ferreira/Pernfors v Gonzalez/Berger, NB 2:30pm Henman v Gambill
3: Sat 2/16, 6:00pm Ferreira v Levine, NB 8:00pm Haas v Gonzalez
4: Sun 2/17, 12:30pm Ferreira/Henman v Gonzalez/Gambill, NB 3:00pm Haas v Levine

Note: Players are subject to change due to injuries or other unforeseen circumstances.

Ferrero: ‘I’ve still got something’

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Juan Carlos Ferrero is 38 years old. But you wouldn’t be able to tell judging by his effort this week at Champions Tennis. The Spaniard won all three of his matches, flying to the final ATP Champions Tour crown of the season.

“It definitely reminds me when I was competing on the ATP World Tour,” Ferrero said of his level. “I’ve still got something, which is nice.”

You might wonder how Ferrero is able to maintain such a high level more than 15 years after he ascended to top spot in the ATP Rankings. ‘The Mosquito’ was the nickname given to Ferrero over the years, and he still has plenty of bite to this day.

Ferrero spends much of his time at the JC Ferrero-Equelite Sport Academy, where World No. 23 Pablo Carreno Busta trains. That keeps Ferrero around the sport and maintaining the level that helped him win 479 tour-level matches and 16 titles.

“For me it’s a little bit easier to be more fit than the others. I have the Academy and have the gym there so I can practise with the guys,” Ferrero said. “I am still playing a lot so that’s maybe why I can still play at this level.”

On Saturday, Ferrero saved match point to defeat former World No. 2 Goran Ivanisevic, booking his spot in the final. The left-handed Ivanisevic brought his ‘A’ game, but it wasn’t enough against the Spaniard.

“I think I played a good match, but I have to admit Ferrero is better, younger and moving well from all sides of the court,” Ivanisevic said. “He served really well throughout the match.”

Ferrero’s serving has become a staple of his success on the ATP Champions Tour. One year ago, former World No. 1 Marat Safin appeared destined to take the title at the Royal Albert Hall. But the Russian could not match the physicality of Ferrero’s game and his serving in the 2017 championship match.

“Juan Carlos is in good shape, really good shape,” Safin said. “He plays every day, he serves really well.”

On Sunday, Ferrero hit 12 aces and won 83 per cent of his first-serve points, which proved too much for former World No. 2 and recent Legends Cup champion Tommy Haas to overcome.

“I’m very happy because the atmosphere in the finals is always a bit different compared to the other matches. Here at the Royal Albert Hall, you can tell that the crowd is enjoying it a lot and there’s a lot of respect from the other players,” Ferrero said. “It always makes it more special when you win!”