Doubles specialist Jonas Bjorkman announced he will retire from professional tennis at the end of the season.
"I've been reflecting on my professional career and I have decided that this will be my last Wimbledon," the Swede said.
"I have been blessed with a long and successful career and I look forward to another great experience here at Wimbledon, for my last time as a competitor.
"I also look forward to the rest of my 2008 season, which hopefully will include the Olympic Games in Beijing. It would be the most incredible way to finish my career if I could win a medal for Sweden.
"At the age of 36 I now feel it is time to begin the next chapter of my life, being at home with my family and pursuing other interests."
The Monte-Carlo based Bjorkman reached a career-high fourth in the world in singles and two years ago he reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon before falling to eventual champion Roger Federer.
However, it has been on the doubles circuit that he has enjoyed the most success.
He captured nine grand slam doubles titles and has been ranked number one in doubles. He also helped Sweden win the Davis Cup.
"It has been a fantastic journey starting with my first satellites in 1990 and my debut on the ATP Tour in 1993, a journey that has given me unforgettable moments, great victories, amazing experiences, so much knowledge and wonderful friendships on and off the court," Bjorkman said.
He is a fun player, wish him well. Though it probably is his time to quit, it's sad to see him leave the tour.
06-23-2008, 04:11 PM
He was a class act. He will be missed for sure.
06-23-2008, 04:22 PM
He was a class act. He will be missed for sure.
06-23-2008, 04:25 PM
:sad: Very sad news.
06-23-2008, 04:58 PM
All the best Jonas!
Voo de Mar
06-23-2008, 05:00 PM
I think it's the right decision, amazing career I'll prepare a nice statistical thread for him at the end of the year :)
06-23-2008, 05:01 PM
He is/was a very likable player.
I'll miss him :sad:
06-23-2008, 05:02 PM
Good luck to him for the rest of the year,hope he'll have some good results.
06-23-2008, 05:03 PM
all the best to him and his lovely family :)
06-23-2008, 05:04 PM
06-23-2008, 05:28 PM
Definitely the right time to retire from his singles career, as he was sustaining a good ranking thanks to his results on grass mostly (and his fourth round run at RG last year), and he's starting to struggle to win matches even on this surface.
He could easily play doubles for a few more years at the top, but I suppose that the motivation isn't enough.
06-23-2008, 05:39 PM
Another one leaving from the first generation I started watching from when they were still teens. Santoro will soon follow, probably (along with Hrbaty). :sad:
He was such a fun player to watch and his impersonations were great (long before Djokovic came onto the scene). :yeah:
All the best for the rest of his last season and his post-career life. :bowdown:
06-23-2008, 05:43 PM
Jonas, you legend :hug: :hug: :wavey:
06-23-2008, 05:52 PM
You are one of my idols, truly, and have inspired me a lot :) I hope you find all that you desire to in your life beyond tennis.
A legend :worship: I'm so glad I got to see him play last summer and that I got a picture with him:)
06-23-2008, 05:56 PM
Well...it was about the time. :retard:
Anyway...always sad occasion. :sad:
06-23-2008, 05:57 PM
06-23-2008, 05:58 PM
:hatoff: to a true gentleman in today's game. Best to him in his future endeavors.
06-23-2008, 05:59 PM
Jonas is a wonderful man who will be missed.
06-23-2008, 06:17 PM
Jonas has given so much to the game,he's been so nice with fans, you couldn't wish to meet a nicer guy:worship:. His success on court has been incredible. I'll miss his lightning fast reflex returns,his hug gestures,the way he has always given 100% on court, his unfailing loyalty to my local tournament,Nottingham which is no more, where he was held in such great affection, just as he was the world over.
Wishing him success in what remains of his career, and then in his personal life. The Bjorkman family are all such lovely people and I wish them all health and happiness in the years ahead. Thanks for the memories Jonas, good luck:hug::hug:
06-23-2008, 06:30 PM
He'll be missed :sad:
But I'm sure he'll be happy to spend more time with his family.
New chapter in his life and ALL the best to him :hatoff: !
06-24-2008, 12:50 AM
Jonas reached the semis of US Open the year he was No.4. That's when I first became a fan. He has a great game and fun to watch. He did this hilarious impression of John McEnroe and Boris Becker at the US Open one year too. And he is such a good guy, when someone who shall remain nameless defaulted a semi single match at SAP Open one year, he and his partner as well as another team stepped up to volunteer a (ranking meaningless) doubles match and tried to keep everyone entertained. Great guy!
06-24-2008, 01:37 AM
A shame, but hope he enjoys his retirement :hug:
06-24-2008, 02:17 AM
He had an excellent career . It was about the right time, though... Good luck in his post-tennis life :)
06-24-2008, 02:28 AM
Sabbe sankhara annicca-all conditioned things are impermanent-The Buddha. Good luck Jonas in whatever you do in the new chapter in your life.
06-24-2008, 08:31 AM
Good luck to Jonas!
He has had a great and long career for sure...
06-24-2008, 08:38 AM
Jonas has plenty of things planned and he will be busy after retirement.
Maxi will be going to school soon and he has chosen to bow out on his terms and that's the way to do it.
06-24-2008, 08:48 AM
Goodbye Jonas! :(
06-24-2008, 09:33 AM
Even if it was quite much expected his decision makes me very, very sad :sad: :sad:
Jonas has always been one of the greatest guys on tour and I will never forget all the lovely memories he gave me from many Davis Cup matches and many other tournaments :hug: :hug: I have followed him since he went pro in 1992 and it makes me very sad to see another great guy of Swedish tennis leave :sad:
Jonas, enjoy your life after tennis together with your great family :hug:
As he is already involved in Swedish tennis today, I really hope there will be a chance to see him, at least in Sweden, also after his active career :worship: :worship:
Jonas, you will be missed sooooooooooooo much on tour :sad:
06-24-2008, 10:03 AM
Good luck Jonas! His timing was always vvv good :)
Aww. He's had a brilliant long career, but he'll be missed.
06-25-2008, 10:47 AM
Pity he couldn't make this French Open QF
Also, these impersonations are not to be forgotten
06-25-2008, 10:51 AM
06-25-2008, 01:42 PM
:hatoff: Jonas. He has been a terrific player and a great gentleman. Always beautiful to watch on the court. He and Rafter in doubles were a treat.
06-25-2008, 02:23 PM
the legend :sad:
06-26-2008, 07:06 PM
He is a player who belonged for so many years to tennis that it will be strange to see next year's doubles draws and no Jonas anymore in them. Just some days ago I thought about when he will call it a day. It's funny that I read about it the next time I enter mtf. :)
All the best Jonas in your life after tennis. :wavey:
06-26-2008, 07:19 PM
Wish you the best Jonas :wavey:
06-26-2008, 07:27 PM
Sad to hear. Good luck in everything he does from now on :)
06-26-2008, 08:11 PM
He has done swedish tennis good :worship: All the best to him in the future!
06-30-2008, 04:14 PM
30 Jun 2008
ITF places announced for 2008 Olympic Tennis Event
The ITF announced today that that the following six men and six women would receive ITF Places in the upcoming Olympic Tennis Event in Beijing. ITF Places are awarded to players who do not meet the direct acceptance requirements of the tournament but who, in the view of the ITF Olympic Committee, meet other criteria that would enhance the field for the 2008 competition.
Kevin Anderson, South Africa
Jonas Bjorkman, Sweden
Kei Nishikori, Japan
Nicolas Massu, Chile
Max Mirnyi, Belarus
Peng Sun, China
Maria Koryttseva, Ukraine
Yung-Jan Chan, Chinese Taipei
Ayumi Morita, Japan
Nuria Llagostera-Vives, Spain
Alicia Molik, Australia
Selima Sfar, Tunisia
The entry of these players has been endorsed by their respective National Associations and National Olympic Committees.
“Each of the players who has been awarded an ITF Place brings special qualities to the field for the 2008 Olympic Tennis Event," said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “Some of the players are young competitors from under-represented parts of the world while others are former medallists or long-standing participants in their country’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup efforts. Their desire to represent their countries in Beijing – and the desire of their countries to be represented by them – is in the true spirit of Olympic competition.”
“This is probably the best news I've had since 2004,” said Molik. “I have played in two Olympics and I have to say they're the absolute highlight of my career. Nothing comes close to playing in the Olympics, representing your country. It is the most amazing experience any individual can have. It was always a childhood dream of mine.”
“This is fantastic news,” said Jonas Bjorkman. “It was my goal to make the Olympics this year, which is my last as a professional player. It will be my third participation after Atlanta and Athens and it's my dream to end my career with an Olympic medal for Sweden."
“I'm very happy. I'm always glad to represent my country,” said Massu. “Playing for Chile is always a top priority for me, especially because of the great memories I have from four years ago.”
06-30-2008, 04:41 PM
that's great news!!!!thanks!!
07-01-2008, 10:28 PM
He still does everything to win a match it seems. How is it allowed to take a massage after the 4th set? :retard:
07-01-2008, 10:31 PM
Good to hear about that wildcard has been given to him. :bounce:
But he will be missed :sobbing:
07-01-2008, 11:33 PM
That's sad. He was always one of my favorites to watch.
07-02-2008, 05:19 AM
Jonas is an absolutely class individual. He is one of tennis's greatest fighters and champions. He has had a career to be very proud of and obviously he will be greatly missed. Respect. :bowdown:
07-02-2008, 05:40 AM
into doubles SF in Wimbledon :)
07-02-2008, 11:52 AM
Sad. He will be missed, hope his last year is a great one! :)