Oops no, there is something from this month but it's not good. Bjorkman gives very grim assessment.
Tennis - Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman, who recently made a doubles comeback on the ATP circuit, says former top 5 Swedish player Robin Soderling wants to come back to tennis but is still not fit enough more than two years after coming down with glandular fever.
Speaking to Sport360.com, Bjorkman says, "He wants to be back, there’s no doubt. Every time we come to Bastad or Stockholm, he more or less disappears because he doesn’t want to be too close. But I practised with him two weeks before the tournament. He plays maybe twice a week but very very slow. Maybe five, 10 minutes then he rests for 10 minutes. So he’s still suffering from his illness and it’s a shame. Because the way he hits the ball, if he’s able to be completely healthy, it’s no doubt that he’ll be top 20 in six to eight months because he hits the ball so well. He has to do a lot of work obviously because he’s dropped so many kilos because he has no muscles left. His physique is not there, he has to do a lot, but once he gets to that stage he can be top 20, I think even top 10.
Talking about the decline of Swedish tennis, Bjorkman says, "Tennis has changed, many more countries are playing, so it’s a much wider sport than before. We have dropped also because we lost all our great coaches. All the great coaches that we had got great offers from international sides. Peter Lundgren was coaching Roger Federer, my coach was coaching Mario Ancic and we had some in the English federation. So our juniors haven’t been able to get the coaching level they should have."