Johansson Takes Alternate Spot

Chloe le Bopper
11-05-2002, 09:13 PM

November 5, 2002

Johansson Takes Alternate Spot

Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson will serve as the alternate for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai after fellow Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras announced that he would not be making the journey to China.

This year, the 27-year-old Swede finished in the Top 20 and as his country's No. 1 player for the third time in his career.

In January at the Australian Open, Johansson became the first Swede to win a Grand Slam singles crown since Stefan Edberg captured the US Open in 1992. He posted wins over countryman Bjorkman in QF, Novak in a five-set SF and Safin in four sets in the final. He came into the tournament No. 18 and cracked the Top 10 afterwards at No. 10.

He did not reach a final the rest of the season and returned a 20-21 match record. His best results were a SF showing in Dubai (d. Henman, l. to El Aynaoui), and the QFs at TMS Monte Carlo (l. to Henman) and Halle (d. Ljubicic, l. to Carlsen).

He withdrew from the US Open due to a right shoulder injury and missed seven weeks before returning in October. He played the final five weeks of the regular season and compiled a 3-5 record, reaching the third round at Tennis Masters Series Madrid (l. to Calleri) and the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris (l. to Agassi).

Mr. Man
11-05-2002, 09:15 PM
ahh, he wont make it.. :p

11-05-2002, 09:20 PM
Congrats to Thomas :) Finally, he's getting the recognition he deserves for winning a Slam.

That being said, I don't think he'll get a chance to play in competition, unless Novak pulls out.

Mr. Man
11-05-2002, 09:28 PM
exactly. :)

11-06-2002, 03:17 AM
unfortunately i agree with the above. but justice has been served...;) ;)

11-06-2002, 03:27 AM
pretty good choice too
he'll need to play as well
cos after his Aus Open pts come off he'll be ranked around 60

11-08-2002, 02:42 AM
Around 60!! :eek:

What a big fall if Thomas can't make the right move at OZ Open 2003!!

Chloe le Bopper
11-08-2002, 06:21 AM
That is assuming he shows up and doesn't win a match.

Which is a bit of a crude assumption.

11-12-2002, 05:24 AM
Excuse my ignorance - I don't keep track of the ATP rankings but how come Johansson didn't qualify for the maters cup like Goran did last year. I thought if you win a GS you get automatic entry into the top 8. Could someone explain it to me please :)

11-12-2002, 05:51 AM
Because Albert Costa win FO and he has higher ranking than Thomas.

11-12-2002, 06:22 AM
thanks leecal :)