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ToJo officially retires

henwal_of_sweden
06-12-2009, 08:38 AM
Tompa officially announced his retirement today;

http://www.expressen.se/sport/1.1603852/thomas-johansson-slutar-med-tennisen

swedes_rule
06-12-2009, 08:56 AM
:sad: i knew it was coming but it doesnt make it any easier. in fact it sucks :sad:
the four guys who got me into swedish tennis have now all retired (magnus, enqvist, jonas and now tojo)

all the best tojo!

SwedSerbia
06-12-2009, 08:57 AM
:worship:

Etern
06-12-2009, 10:05 AM
It's really sad but expected, he is not 20 anymore. Thanks for a wonderful career ToJo.

Chris-swede
06-12-2009, 10:27 AM
It is just time for him...is better then to see him losing....to guys who were just born when he was in top20...so i ll remember him as a hero!!!
My favs all have retired, Norman, Larsson, Enqvist, Björkman, Gustafsson...

Björki
06-12-2009, 11:50 AM
all the best to him and his family. :)

he will be missed :sad:

Björki
06-12-2009, 01:57 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/

Former Australian Open Champion Johansson Retires

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Thomas and Gisella Johansson

Sweden's Thomas Johansson has announced his immediate retirement from professional tennis.

“After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to end my professional tennis career with immediate effect,” said Johansson, a former World No. 7 (10 June 2002). “Last Autumn, I underwent yet another operation for a foot injury and, one month ago, I became a father for the second time.”

Johansson, 34, captured the 2002 Australian Open title (d. Safin), eight ATP World Tour titles and an Olympic Games silver medal in doubles with Simon Aspelin at Beijing in 2008. He also reached the 2005 Wimbledon semi-finals (l. to Roddick) and played in three Davis Cup semi-finals during a 15-year professional career. In June 2006, he was elected to the ATP Player Council.

“Looking back at my life as a tennis professional, I’m very pleased with all that I have achieved on the tennis court,” he said. “As a junior I dreamed of getting the chance to play on the big tennis stages around the world. This dream came true for me many times, not least, when I won the Australian Open Grand Slam title in Melbourne.

”I have many great memories. My first ATP World Tour title in Copenhagen in 1997 [d. Damm] as well as the victories at the Stockholm Open in 2000 [d. Kafelnikov] and 2004 [d. Agassi] are amongst the best.

“Despite being unlucky with injuries during my career, which were very tough and frustrating for me, I’m very pleased that I was able to fight my way back into the Top 10 on two occasions, reaching a career high of [No.] 7.

”Now the journey has come to an end and it is time for me and my wonderful family to go down another path to new destinations. I still love tennis and wish to share my knowledge and experience with Swedish Tennis in the future. Last but not least, I would like to thank everyone for all their support and encouragement over the years – I would never have made it this far without you!

Johansson, who started playing tennis at the age of five, amassed a 357-296 tour-level singles record and a 76-98 doubles record as a professional player. His last tour-level matches came for Sweden in its Davis Cup World Group first-round tie against Israel in March.

Johansson married Gisella Kaltencher on 3 December 2005. The couple has two children, Lucas and Celine.

Sommarsverige
06-12-2009, 09:29 PM
Very sad news :sad: :sad:

I know this was going to happen and I also feared it might be this year, but still I had some hope he might try a comeback...

Well, Thomas, enjoy your life after tennis and spend lots of time with your family :hug: :hug:

keqtqiadv
06-12-2009, 10:11 PM
We all knew the end was close. I was already preparing myself for this day, but... :sad: :sad: :sad: Almost all my favs have retired, and now the #1 says good bye... At least I was able to watch the last big match of his career.

Enjoy your new life, Thomas :hug: Thank you for everything :)

Francine
06-13-2009, 08:36 AM
:sad: I'll miss him but he's had a good career :)

tjohansson
06-13-2009, 03:18 PM
:wavey::worship:

Was expected and I as along of Swede's are dissapointed with his retirement.

I was born in Linkoping as well as Tojo was, and he was always my idol as a young kid, I've been a supporter of Tojo for about 15 years now, I still remember his match against Henri Leconte in his last match, Really was the point where everyone realised, Hey this kid can play.

Also I had the priveledge of getting his signature in his win over Jiri Novak in the semi's of the Australian Open in 2002. It was one of the highlight's of my career to be honest, I just wish I was there to see Tojo's biggest achievement in his career the next match.

I wish him all the best