Sing Along With…
By Lee Goodall in Boras
In a country that gave the world Abba, it wasn’t too surprising that music featured strongly at the official dinner held at the Stadshushallen in Boras, Sweden, on Wednesday night. It’s safe to say, though, that none of the guests present expected to be the ones providing the entertainment.
The evening was punctuated by some truly memorable individual performances led by local musician and comedian Lasse Lindberg (playing electric guitar in a tight, vintage Sergio Tacchini tracksuit), who singled out guests to represent their nations up on stage.
First up, the Swedish team led by enthusiastic captain Thomas Enqvist, quickly followed by the Russians with ‘Kalinka’ (accompanied on stage by none other than Marat Safin).
It didn’t end there. Next, the tie’s Spanish chair umpires, Poncho Ayala and Enrique Molina, served up an impressive medley of ‘Guantanamera’ and ‘La Bamba’
before a Scottish-Belgian-English quartet which included, among others, tie referee Tom Kinloch and yours truly, that treated a bemused audience to a Glee-style ‘mash-up’ of ‘The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond’, ‘Seasons in the Sun’, ‘What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor’ and Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’.
Quite a night. The tennis players have a hard act to follow.