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Images from Day 4: Final

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Team Sweden or Team USA, what team would be the first to win Svaneholm Open? Well, in the first match, we got to see Jonas Björkman play against Patrick McEnroe. Jonas initially got a bad start, but managed to turn things around, and eventually win with 6-3, 6-4.
The second singles match, and perhaps the highlight of the tournament, stood between Mats Wilander and John McEnroe, where the latter could be seen as the favorite to win. McEnroe started by shocking the Swede och easily won the first set with 1-6. Wilander fought back in the second set, and won with 7-6 in tie break.
The third set was a nerve wracking super-tiebreak, where the two players took turns taking the lead. After four match point, Wilander finally defeated his old nemesis (and friend) with 12-10, thus making Team Sweden the first winner of Svaneholm Open.

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Patrick McEnroe, John McEnroe, Jonas Björkman och Mats Wilander marscherar in på Svaneholm Opens final

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

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 Världen. Lördagen den 29 juni blir det final.

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

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Images from Day 3: Semi final 2/2

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In the first match of the second semi final day, we got to see Goran Ivanišević even the score to 1-1 for his Team World, against Patrick McEnroe, with the score 7-6, 6-4.
In the following singles match, Mats Wilander beat Henri Leconte with 6-3, 6-4.
The final match of the day was the double match between Team USA and Team World. After an even and exiting match, the McEnroe brothers eventually won with 6-, which meant that they were joining Sweden to the finals, Team France and Team World with battle for 3rd place.

Images from Day 2: Semi final 1/2

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Wow, what a start of the tournament. In the first match, the crowd got to see Jonas Björkman beat Cédric Pioline in two straight set (6-3, 6,2).
Next up was 60 year young John McEnroe against the Australian double champion, Mark Woodforde. It was a tight match but the American was proven too hard to beat. With 6-2, 6-3, McEnroe gave Team USA a convincing start.
In the last game of the evening, we got to see Mats Wilander team up with Jonas Björkman, against the french team, with Henry Leconte and Cédric Pioline. After a great entertaining match, Sweden ended up victorious with 6 to 3, and was the first team to be ready for the final.

Att börja tävla i ung ålder är inte nödvändigt för att nå världstoppen.

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Fransmannen Cedric Pioline är ett lysande exempel.

–       Jag var 16-17 år då jag spelade mina första tävlingar, säger den tvåfaldige Grand Slam-finalisten.

Pioline är en i många stycken underskattad spelare och det är svårt att förstå varför han inte fått mer cred och uppmärksamhet än vad som är fallet.

Han har ett brett register, behärskar alla typer av underlag och hans enhandsbackhand är en av de vackraste som har skådats. En femteplats på världsrankingen och fem ATP-titlar ger en meritlista som förtjänar betydligt större uppskattning än den fått.

Så varför är han då lite av en doldis utanför den trängre kretsen, denne 188 centimeter långe fransman som 1992-94 var uppe i sju finaler utan att för första gången få känna hur det känns att få lyfta en segerbuckla.

Kanske ligger en del av förklaringen just däri, att Pioline saknade det där allra sista för att bli en stor mästare. Han hade definitivt spelet för att bli det men den mentala styrkan var inte av samma kaliber.

En annan förklaring är att han inte är lika spektakulär och yvig i gesterna som till exempel sin landsman Henri Leconte med vilken han bildar Frankrikes lag i Svaneholm Open.

Leconte älskar att prata, spexa och stå i centrum medan Pioline är betydligt mer återhållsam.

Eftersom han började tävla sent omfattades Pioline aldrig av det franska förbundets juniorsatsningar utan gick sin egen väg. Det fick till följd att han i samband med Davis Cup hamnade på kollisionskurs med förbundet. Pioline ville ha sin coach Henri Dumont med på DC-samlingarna. Han fick nej av förbundet som i sin tur fick nej av Pioline.

Men 1994 tänkte han  om och DC-debuten skedde i kvartsfinalen mot Sverige som vann med 3-2. Pioline besegrade Henrik Holm men föll mot Stefan Edberg.

Två år senare fick fransmannen revansch då de båda möttes i den så dramatiska finalen i Malmö. Med segern mot Edberg gav Pioline sitt lag 1-0 och han hade möjlighet att avgöra finalen. Frankrike hade 2-1 i matcher och Pioline hade 2-0 i set mot Thomas Enqvist som ändå vann med 9-7 i skilje.

Från bänken fick Pioline sedan uppleva den oerhört dramatiska upplösningen då Arnaud Boetsch besegrade en krampande Nicklas Kulti som hade matchbollar.

Cedric Pioline spelade ytterligare två DC-finaler, 1999 då det blev 2-3 mot Australien och 2001 då Australien besegrades med samma siffror.

Cedric Piolines stora allroundkunnighet gjorde att han spelade bra på alla underlag. 1993 var han i final i US Open på hardcourt och fyra år senare spelade han sig fram till final på gräset i Wimbledon. Båda gångerna blev Pete Sampras för svår och det var amerikanen för övrigt också vid samtliga de sju ytterligare tillfällen då de ställdes mot varandra.

Piolines första ATP-titel kom i Köpenhamn 1996 och den sista på gruset i Monte Carlo Masters fyra år senare där han blev förste franska segrare på 37 år.

 

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.