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.
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