Pim Pim is hurt!
He won't play Davis Cup.
Swedish team loses Johansson
BY CHARLES BRICKER
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - (KRT) - The Swedish Davis Cup team that plays the U.S. team at Delray Beach, April 9-11, has been dealt a severe setback by a shoulder injury to young, big-serving Joachim Johansson, who has returned home and will not play.
Johansson is one of the four players named earlier this week to the team and was almost certainly going to play doubles with Jonas Bjorkman and was a candidate to play one of the two first-day singles matches with Thomas Enqvist.
Now, captain Mats Wilander has some major decisions to make. He probably will replace Johansson with Thomas Johansson, the 2002 Australian Open champion who is not playing good tennis right now.
Thomas Johansson went out in the first round at Key Biscayne to Nikolay Davydenko and is 7-7 for the season. His doubles prospects are also questionable. He played Davis Cup with Bjorkman in 2002 and lost twice to Wayne Arthurs/Todd Woodbridge of Australia and Greg Rusedski/Tim Henman of Great Britain.
The loss of Joachim Johansson removes Sweden's biggest serving threat and a quality doubles player from this quarterfinal tie. He was 10-3 coming into the Nasdaq-100 Open, having won the title at Memphis, where he defeated Americans James Blake and Mardy Fish en route to his win over Nicolas Kiefer in the final.
Joachim Johansson, 6 feet 6, was blasting serves at around 135 mph for much of this year until his shoulder began to ache. He was not in good form, however, when he arrived at the Nasdaq, losing first round to Juan Monaco 7-6 (6), 6-2, and complained that he was tiring on court.
It was hoped that rest was all he needed, but an MRI showed a shoulder strain that is going to need several weeks to heal.
At 21, Joachim Johansson is a rising star, and Wilander was not afraid to use him in doubles against Australia in the Davis Cup first round. He and Bjorkman defeated Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge, who is Bjorkman's touring doubles partner, in five sets.
Fish, who is playing singles for the United States along with Andy Roddick, won't miss Johansson, who took him out 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals at Memphis.
When the substitution is made, the Swedish team will be Bjorkman, Thomas Johansson, Thomas Enqvist and Robin Soderling.
Without Joachim Johansson, Wilander is faced with another critical decision. He would have felt comfortable resting Bjorkman the first day and going with Joachim Johansson and playing Bjorkman in doubles Saturday and the reverse singles Sunday.
He would feel less comfortable using Thomas Johansson in the first-day singles and so must now choose between him or pushing Bjorkman into the Friday singles, which means Bjorkman could be playing best-of-5 matches three days in a row.