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Grand Slam Time: ~*~ Kom Igen at WIMBLEDON *~*

Aleksa's Laydee
06-15-2005, 02:23 PM
Seeds Announced for Wimbledon


Tuesday, 14 June, 2005


Seeds for the Gentlemen's Singles:>

1. FEDERER, Roger (SUI)
2. RODDICK, Andy (USA)
3. HEWITT, Lleyton (AUS)
4. NADAL, Rafael (ESP)
5. SAFIN, Marat (RUS)
6. HENMAN, Tim (GBR)
7. CANAS, Guillermo (ARG)
8. DAVYDENKO, Nikolay (RUS)
9. GROSJEAN, Sebastien (FRA)
10. ANCIC, Mario (CRO)
11. JOHANSSON, Joachim (SWE)
12. JOHANSSON, Thomas (SWE)
13. ROBREDO, Tommy (ESP)
14. STEPANEK, Radek (CZE)
15. CORIA, Guillermo (ARG)
16. PUERTA, Mariano (ARG)
17. FERRER, David (ESP)
18. NALBANDIAN, David (ARG)
19. HAAS, Tommy (GER)
20. LJUBICIC, Ivan (CRO)
21. GONZALEZ, Fernando (CHI)
22. HRBATY, Dominik (SVK)
23. FERRERO, Juan Carlos (ESP)
24. DENT, Taylor (USA)
25. KIEFER, Nicolas (GER)
26. LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP)
27. GASQUET, Richard (FRA)
28. NOVAK, Jiri (CZE)
29. MASSU, Nicolas (CHI)
30. SODERLING, Robin (SWE)
31. YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS)
32. VOLANDRI, Filippo (ITA)

WOW!!! Hes seeded so high...AWESOME :clap2:

midsommardagen
06-15-2005, 02:58 PM
No.12 seed, wow!

Good luck ToJo!! :bounce:

Papakori
06-15-2005, 03:33 PM
Good luck Thomas!

margaret_gn
06-16-2005, 01:44 AM
I'm glad that he's seeded so high, this must be good for his confidence! Good Luck Thomas!

Aleksa's Laydee
06-16-2005, 11:31 AM
1st round T.Johansson-Ulihrach

Björki
06-16-2005, 11:38 AM
ToJo :bounce:

Francine
06-16-2005, 01:05 PM
Guillermo Canas ARG (7)v.Qualifier
Max Mirnyi BLR v. Rainer Schuettler GER
Stanislas Wawrinka SUI v. Fabrice Santoro FRA
Peter Wessels NED v. Jiri Novak CZE (28)

Tommy Haas GER (19) v. Janko Tipsarevic SCG
Qualifier v. Qualifier
Andrei Pavel ROM v. Qualifier
Bohdan Ulihrach CZE v. Thomas Johansson SWE (12)


Radek Stepanek CZE (14) v. Robby Ginepri USA
Andrew Murray GBR v. Qualifier
Karol Kucera SVK v. Luis Horna PER
Raemon Sluiter NED v. David Nalbandian ARG (18)

Richard Gasquet FRA (27) v. Philipp Kohlschreiber GER
Sjeng Schalken NED v. Potito Starace ITA
Felix Mantilla ESP v. Gilles Muller LUX
Vincent Spadea USA v. Rafael Nadal ESP (4)

Francine
06-16-2005, 01:06 PM
I would call this draw fairly good :)

Björki
06-16-2005, 01:15 PM
someone posted this:
I just read on a swedish betting forum that Thomas might be injured...
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=41763&page=2

I hope it's not true.

Francine
06-16-2005, 01:17 PM
I hope that isn't true, we'll just have to wait and see if he plays Dent today.

Francine
06-16-2005, 01:58 PM
Seriously I've gone over it again and could his draw be any better? He must've slept with someone from the All England Club. Not to jinx him or anything, I remember him losing to Sarreta (who?) in 2002 when he was the 7th seed...

I really hope he's ok or will be okay next week.

Choupi
06-16-2005, 02:12 PM
someone posted this:
I just read on a swedish betting forum that Thomas might be injured...
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=41763&page=2

I hope it's not true.
I never trust what can be found on bets forums! :( And if it's crap, that's really of bad taste...

Aleksa's Laydee
06-16-2005, 02:43 PM
but tommy haas worrys me slighty :scared: and mirnyi :scared:

Francine
06-16-2005, 03:47 PM
Those could be difficult yes. I was just thinking of how he drew Canas, which could've been Safin or Henman and Haas instead of Nalbandian. And he's in Nadal's quarter, lol.

Aleksa's Laydee
06-16-2005, 04:27 PM
on his day he could pretty much beat everyone in that draw i think :)

Francine
06-16-2005, 04:30 PM
yep, except for Federer and Hewitt, who are in the other half :yippee:

Injuries don't help though :(

Aleksa's Laydee
06-16-2005, 04:37 PM
we'l come to those players when we do ;)

Francine
06-16-2005, 04:43 PM
:lol: I was referring to his 3rd round loss last year.

Aleksa's Laydee
06-16-2005, 07:37 PM
ssshhh dont bring back the past ;)

jmgsdoubsprtnr
06-16-2005, 09:26 PM
Seriously I've gone over it again and could his draw be any better? He must've slept with someone from the All England Club. Not to jinx him or anything, I remember him losing to Sarreta (who?) in 2002 when he was the 7th seed...

I really hope he's ok or will be okay next week.
i remember him losing to Saretta too. thats what made me a Saretta fan. (shhh)

Francine
06-16-2005, 10:34 PM
Well if I didn't jinx him before, John Wertheim now definitely did ;)

Semifinal picks
Thomas Johansson vs. Roddick
Federer vs. Ancic

Aleksa's Laydee
06-17-2005, 05:12 PM
aaw awesome :D

Aleksa's Laydee
06-19-2005, 01:40 PM
:woohoo:!!!! No thomas tomorrow which means il see him on SATURDAY!!!!!! WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :banana:

Francine
06-19-2005, 03:45 PM
:lol: The defending champion always plays the first match on CC and Thomas is not in Federer's half of the draw ;) I didn't know you were going, have fun!

Sommarsverige
06-19-2005, 09:41 PM
Good luck Thomas :)

Francine
06-20-2005, 07:37 PM
Court 13 12.00 noon Start

1 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Daniele Bracciali (ITA) vs. Ivo Karlovic (CRO)

2 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Amanda Janes (GBR) vs. Sesil Karatancheva (BUL)

3 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Bohdan Ulihrach (CZE) vs. Thomas Johansson (SWE)[12]

4 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs.Mary Pierce (FRA)[12]

Aleksa's Laydee
06-20-2005, 09:03 PM
Kom Igen Thomas

Francine
06-21-2005, 04:01 PM
Stupid Karlovic :ras: Jeez dude, hurry up!

Aleksa's Laydee
06-21-2005, 06:25 PM
:zzz:

i better be able to see thomas after janes has won!! *please*

Aleksa's Laydee
06-21-2005, 08:31 PM
:woohoo: TJ won 6-3 6-2 6-2 :D

didnt get it on tv :sobbing:

jmgsdoubsprtnr
06-21-2005, 08:32 PM
YAY TOJO!!! i've been listening to Radio Wimbledon all day!

Aleksa's Laydee
06-21-2005, 08:34 PM
34 winners to 18 UFE sounds like an inform swede ;)

http://tinypic.com/675to9
http://tinypic.com/675tsj
http://tinypic.com/675ttw
http://tinypic.com/675tvs

Francine
06-21-2005, 10:06 PM
:woohoo:

margaret_gn
06-21-2005, 11:20 PM
go tojo!!! good luck next round! (wish me luck I have maths exam in 40 mins!)

Björki
06-22-2005, 07:48 AM
:woohoo: easy win for ToJo :clap2:

Aleksa's Laydee
06-22-2005, 12:03 PM
Good Luck Margaret (tad late but hey im in a different time zone to you :p)

Aleksa's Laydee
06-22-2005, 09:36 PM
Court 14 12.00 noon Start

1 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Cara Black (ZIM)
vs. Virginie Razzano (FRA)[32]



2 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Kristina Brandi (PUR)
vs. Conchita Martinez (ESP)



3 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andrei Pavel (ROM) vs. Thomas Johansson (SWE)[12] :banana:

Francine
06-22-2005, 09:41 PM
Go and kick some Romanian butt Thomas!

Sommarsverige
06-22-2005, 10:07 PM
Lycka till Thomas :)

Aleksa's Laydee
06-23-2005, 01:16 PM
Kom Igen Thomas!!!

http://tinypic.com/68hrfs.jpg
http://tinypic.com/68hrgw.jpg

Francine
06-23-2005, 04:26 PM
He's a set down. Pavel hit 15 winners and 3 ue's :fiery:

jmgsdoubsprtnr
06-23-2005, 05:06 PM
wake up tojo!! (or fall asleep pavel!)

Francine
06-23-2005, 05:28 PM
Pavel fell asleep when serving for the 2nd set :) Thomas won it in a tiebreak.

jmgsdoubsprtnr
06-23-2005, 05:41 PM
yay! KOM IGEN TOJO!!!

Sommarsverige
06-23-2005, 06:49 PM
6:5 for Pavel in the 4th set
Kom igen Thomas :)

Francine
06-23-2005, 06:57 PM
Oh how I hate tiebreaks. Kom igen Thomas!

Björki
06-23-2005, 06:59 PM
GSM ToJo 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6 :woohoo:

Francine
06-23-2005, 07:01 PM
:woohoo: 3-6 7-6 6-4 7-6. He was a break down in the 2nd and 4rth set, great fighting Thomas!

Sommarsverige
06-23-2005, 07:02 PM
Thomas :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Francine
06-23-2005, 07:03 PM
He hit 69 winners and 27 ue's :eek: Pavel 61/26. Must've been a great match to watch.

jmgsdoubsprtnr
06-23-2005, 07:08 PM
great job tojo, you made me proud!!

Aleksa's Laydee
06-23-2005, 07:27 PM
2 tb wins :eek: :D

WELL DONE THOMAS!!! :woohoo:

Sommarsverige
06-23-2005, 08:15 PM
I never thought this after he was down in the 4th set, so proud of him :hug:

margaret_gn
06-23-2005, 11:23 PM
Thomas i'm so proud of you! well done! esp in the 2 tiebreak sets :yeah:

Kristen
06-24-2005, 04:39 AM
lmao Thomas. Either he played a bit relaxed or Andrei picked up his game. I don't think it needed to be so close! :lol:

Kristen
06-24-2005, 04:49 AM
Swede Thomas Johansson defeated Andrei Pavel of Romania in an entertaining four-set match on Court 14 today. Johansson, making his 9th appearance at SW19, moved through to the third round after coming from a set down to win 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

The duel, played out in bright sunshine between the unseeded Romanian and his Swede competitor, seed No. 12 and a former Australian Open champion, was exciting and swung like a pendulum.

Pavel started the match better, relying on accurate first serves and powerful groundstrokes. He took the first set comfortably.

In the second set Johansson earned his first break of serve just in time to even the scores to 5-5. As both men held their next serve, a tie-break was inevitable. The men battled to get even at 3-3, but then the Swede's accuracy started to make a difference. An unforced error by Pavel took the 61-minute-long set to the land of Abba.

Pavel generated extra power to his shots in the third set. But the Swede matched him brilliantly. Johansson's accuracy diminished Pavel's power as he committed more unforced errors. Johansson then broke Pavel in the ninth game and was soon within reach of securing the set. The next game he held his serve and took the set 6-4 with a forehand winner.

Pavel valiantly fought back in the fourth set, breaking Johansson to go 2-0 up. However, Johansson held his serve and nerve, breaking Pavel for 4-5. A Johansson lob over the Romanian at the net started his comeback.

The Romanian tended to go to the net for volleys but as the match advanced, he was often lobbed by the Swede. Johansson nearly broke the great Ilie Nastase's compatriot to go 6-5 up but the Romanian still managed to force a tie-break.

It was Johansson's accuracy and an uncharacteristic ace that earned the Swede three match points. Only one was needed. His next opponent will be Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia and Montenegro.

Written by Jukka Viskari

http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/b_04_johansson_210_ap_s_tan.jpg

Aleksa's Laydee
06-24-2005, 11:21 AM
Birte your av is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! Wheres that photo from?????? :eek:

Björki
06-24-2005, 08:42 PM
Sat OOP Court 2 12.00 noon Start

Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)[23] vs Florian Mayer (GER)
Lindsay Davenport (USA)[1] vs Dinara Safina (RUS)[30]
Janko Tipsarevic (SCG) vs Thomas Johansson (SWE)[12]

Aleksa's Laydee
06-24-2005, 09:16 PM
court 2 NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *sobs*

Björki
06-24-2005, 09:49 PM
do you need a special ticket for the court? I just thought you could
at least stand. Have a great day Siobhan and cheer for Jonas :)

Aleksa's Laydee
06-24-2005, 10:04 PM
yeah you do but i'l go to the top of Court 3 so i can cheer on jonas and thomas too

Sommarsverige
06-24-2005, 10:05 PM
Birte your av is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! Wheres that photo from?????? :eek:

Thanks :hug: It was nice chatting with you ;)

Francine
06-25-2005, 04:41 PM
6-3 6-3 6-1 :yippee: didn't waste any energy there :)

Björki
06-25-2005, 04:43 PM
:woohoo: well done Toker :bounce:

margaret_gn
06-25-2005, 05:01 PM
yay thomas!!! what a brilliant way to get into 4th round! Good luck, Mirnyi next :yeah:

Papakori
06-25-2005, 05:21 PM
:D Well done Thomas!

jmgsdoubsprtnr
06-25-2005, 10:48 PM
nice job tojo! keep these wins coming!!

Sommarsverige
06-25-2005, 11:08 PM
Thomas :bounce: :bounce:

Aleksa's Laydee
06-25-2005, 11:52 PM
6-3 6-3 6-1 :yippee: didn't waste any energy there :)

I saw the 1st set :D it was great :D :worship:

linus
06-26-2005, 01:04 AM
congratulations, he won the match easily ;)

Björki
06-26-2005, 08:45 AM
his head to head vs Max is 4-0 so far :)

Kristen
06-26-2005, 09:09 AM
Don't you love it when, the only 2 people in the draw you are interested in...are playing each other!? I LOVE IT! :rolleyes: :tape:

Aleksa's Laydee
06-26-2005, 11:54 AM
its on c13 :woohoo: Thomas i'll be there!!! ;)

Choupi
06-26-2005, 03:57 PM
Well done Thomas for the great results so far. Good look against Max. :)

Sommarsverige
06-26-2005, 09:58 PM
Kom igen Thomas and cheer him on loudly, Siobhan ;)

Aleksa's Laydee
06-26-2005, 10:03 PM
Loads and Loads and LOADS of luck tomorrow Thomas :hug: PLEASE WIN!!!

margaret_gn
06-27-2005, 12:54 PM
I can't believe he got put on court 13! well it's good that Siobhan and other fans can watch him play without paying extra, but he should at least be up on court 3 or 4... junior matches shouldn't be put on a court ahead of him if that makes sense, i've just always thought that the higher the court number, the less popular the players are supposed to be. But Good Luck!!! he's up a break (5-3) in first set now :)

Francine
06-27-2005, 01:45 PM
Court 13 is a showcourt :) I think it's bigger than court 3 and 4.

Francine
06-27-2005, 01:52 PM
He's 6-4 7-5 up :woohoo:

Francine
06-27-2005, 02:28 PM
:banana: Thomas! Into the quarters! Woohoo!

Sommarsverige
06-27-2005, 02:38 PM
Thomas :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

I am so happy for Thomas reaching the quarterfinals :banana: :banana:

Let´s party for him :bounce:

Choupi
06-27-2005, 03:11 PM
:eek: Thomas in the QFs? Maybe I'm gonna like Wimby after all!!!! :D ;)

Björki
06-27-2005, 06:07 PM
:woohoo: well done Thomas :banana:

jmgsdoubsprtnr
06-27-2005, 06:37 PM
ugh, i had a whole good post, and it's gone. all gone.

anyway, i'm so happy for tojo, getting to the quarterfinals, and so easily too! it's also easier on his fans (less heart attacks for me) has he even played a 4 or 5 setter yet? if not, that's damn impressive!

GO TOJO!!

oh, and here's that quarterfinal party for you! :aparty: :aparty: :bounce: :yeah:

Aleksa's Laydee
06-27-2005, 09:14 PM
I can't believe he got put on court 13! well it's good that Siobhan and other fans can watch him play without paying extra, but he should at least be up on court 3 or 4... junior matches shouldn't be put on a court ahead of him if that makes sense, i've just always thought that the higher the court number, the less popular the players are supposed to be. But Good Luck!!! he's up a break (5-3) in first set now :)

Court 13 has more seating than 4/5

Aleksa's Laydee
06-27-2005, 09:16 PM
TOJO played SO AWESOMELY (isnt even a word) it was amazing :D i watched it all including 2 change of shirts ;) Yes i took a piccie :haha:

THOMAS THOMAS THOMAS!!!

jmgsdoubsprtnr
06-27-2005, 09:45 PM
:haha: siobhan, you're so awesome! (when will we get to see these piccies?!) :p

Choupi
06-27-2005, 09:51 PM
Piccies? Change of shirts? :eek: Siobhan, when are you gonna make my day? :D

margaret_gn
06-28-2005, 12:55 AM
oh right i didn't know that (about court 13) lycka till against Nalbandian :)

midsommardagen
06-28-2005, 03:21 AM
http://www.tennis.com.cn/bbs/uploadFiles/2005-06/23_1016906_5.gif Wow well done Tojo!!I'm so glad that he plays so well in Wimbledon.:yeah:

Good Luck ToJo in the following match....and hopefully I'll see it on TV.

http://www.tennis.com.cn/bbs/uploadFiles/2005-06/16_987505_1.gif

alfonsojose
06-28-2005, 04:32 AM
TOJO played SO AWESOMELY (isnt even a word) it was amazing :D i watched it all including 2 change of shirts ;) Yes i took a piccie :haha:

THOMAS THOMAS THOMAS!!!
:drool: :drool:

Congrats for Tojo :yeah: :aparty:

Aleksa's Laydee
06-28-2005, 08:23 AM
:haha:

i only took 1 from a distance...il try zoom in and see how it comes out hehe!

Aleksa's Laydee
06-29-2005, 02:56 PM
Good Luck Thomas today!!! KOM IGEN :yippee:

Aleksa's Laydee
06-29-2005, 06:15 PM
THOMAS wins!!!!!!!! 7-6 6-2 6-2 aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Aleksa's Laydee
06-29-2005, 06:17 PM
aawww he signed at least 25 autographs aawww!!

7 aces by tojo
6/16 bps won :tape:
34 winners to 13 UFe :eek:

:woohoo:

jmgsdoubsprtnr
06-29-2005, 06:19 PM
YAY TOJO!!! YOU MADE MY WIMBLEDON!!!!

Björki
06-29-2005, 06:20 PM
I am happy for ToJo :) but said for David.
Way to go Thomas. Hope he wins it all :)

Choupi
06-29-2005, 06:58 PM
I share Peggy's mixed feelings...But :worship: Thomas. Please, make it till the end now! :D

Canuck_Chick
06-29-2005, 07:27 PM
omg :eek:...congratulations tojo!!!
:woohoo: I'm sooo happy now!! woot.

star
06-29-2005, 07:46 PM
:woohoo: TJ!!!!

I'm so happy for him! He's spent years in the wilderness with injuries and comeback frustrations. He's worked so hard. There isn't anyone who deserves this more than he does. :) :) :) :) :)

I like Andy too, so whoever goes on to the final, I will be happy. ...... and :sad: for the one who doesn't.

Wouldn't it be just TOO funny if TJ won the whole thing?????? It would be just like the AO all over again with people saying he was a fluke winner, etc. It would make me really happy to read that stuff all over again. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Björki
06-29-2005, 08:17 PM
T. Johansson - Day 9
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Q. Was that easier than you thought it was going to be?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: Well, a little bit, yes. I think the first set was very important in the match. I think I had breakpoints in every service game of his. The first set could have been maybe easier, but he's a great player and he was fighting really well.

Then in the tiebreak it was really tough. You know, I was lucky to get that last point in the tiebreak when he went for the backhand down the line.

But after that, I think I played more aggressive, started to serve a little bit better, and he started to make some unforced errors.

I was expecting maybe a tougher match today. But, as I said, I'm playing really well for the moment. So, yeah.

Q. It's been a long journey since Australia three years ago. Is this as well and as consistent as you've played since then, do you think?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: Yeah, I think so. I mean, it's always tough to play ‑‑ to do really well in a Grand Slam because you have to be so solid for two weeks. In Australia three years ago I was playing my best tennis of my life.

I think for the for the moment I'm playing as good as I can. I'm very, very happy with the way I played today, especially with the way I was returning the ball today.

Q. Which you'll have to do of course pretty well the day after tomorrow?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: I think so, yeah (smiling).

Q. Do you feel as fit as you felt? All the problems you've had, are you back to the levels of fitness that you were?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: Fitness‑wise I'm a lot stronger now.

Q. A lot stronger?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: Yeah. Because I had a lot of time to work on my fitness. On the court now I never feel that I'm really, really tired. I just ‑‑ you know, I get back to the points really quick. That is very important in tennis.

Q. Was the feeling with the knee injury you had and severity of it that, in some ways, it was always going to be a two‑year injury ‑ with the time out of tennis, then the time it takes back to get the fitness and conditioning back in your game?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: Yeah. A lot of people, they did not think I was going to be able to come back. But I love to play tennis. And when you're away from the tennis, you miss it a lot. I was working really, really hard to come back and to be able to play tennis against all these young guys that just popped up when I was injured.

I remember the first tournament I played after my injury was Adelaide. I was practicing for like five, six days. I did not win one set. I said to my coach, "I think this is it." Then it showed that I was playing ‑‑ I was practicing with a winner, the finalist, and a semifinalist all these four or five days. So apparently I was playing really well.

But, of course, I'm really happy to be back, and I'm really happy to be back a lot stronger than I was before.

Q. Who were the guys you were practicing with?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: I practiced with Hrbaty, I practiced with Dent, and I practiced ‑‑ I don't know who it was, Llodra or someone else. I did not win one set. I was not even close.

But after that I started to play really well. I went to the quarters my first tournament of the year.

Q. How does David's performance today compare to the one that Andrew Murray put up against you at Queen's?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: It's tough to say because Andrew has a bigger serve than David has. But I think, yeah, David is a little bit more solid from the baseline and also he has a little bit better hands than Andrew, I think.

But, as I said before, I was very, very impressed with the way Murray was playing both here in Wimbledon and in Queen's. He destroyed Taylor Dent in straight sets on grass, and that's very, very impressive. I think he has a very good future ahead of him.

Q. How about the conditions here? Do you think it suits someone like yourself? Do you feel comfortable on the grass the way it's playing?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: It's pretty slow, I would say. You could easily stay back, which I do pretty much all the time. But you can also play serve and volley, of course. But I think it's a lot slower this year than it was maybe five years ago. I don't know if it's the court or if it's the balls. For the moment, I'm not complaining.

Q. Appearances on Centre Court?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: Sorry?

Q. Your appearances on Centre Court here? When was the last time you played centre?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: I think I played Roddick or maybe I played Becker. I don't know. I've only been on the Centre Court twice.

Q. What does making the last four at Wimbledon sit in all the circumstances, given the time out of the game you've had? What's the significance of it to you?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: This is one of my best weeks in my life. I mean, Wimbledon has such a great history. I think it's the biggest tournament of the year. And now I'm in the semifinal. I just feel great. I mean, I'm so happy to be able to play the tennis that I did today, and hopefully on Friday I can play a little bit better.

Q. You had a pretty self‑depreciating humor in Melbourne when you won the title, you weren't known to a lot of people. Apart from that, was there a part of you that once you got it, you got a taste for it? Having done it once, you could show it wasn't a one‑off?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: Yeah, I think so. A lot of people, they say this is just once in a lifetime. But for me I did not feel like that because I've been in the quarterfinal in US Open twice, and I've been a Top 10 before. I know that when I play my best tennis, I can compete with the big boys. It's just that you have to do it during two weeks in a Grand Slam, and that's very, very tough to do.

But after Australia, I know what it takes to win a Grand Slam. And now the last four guys in the draw, we're all Grand Slam champions. It's pretty interesting.

Q. You feel comfortable with yourself with the guys that are there now?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: Yeah, I think so. I mean, the other three guys that are in the semis, I think they are the Top 3 guys in the world on grass. And that shows it here as well.

But I'm happy to be in the semifinal. I think I have a good chance against Andy, as well. It's going to be a very tough match, and I have a lot of respect for him, as well. But I think if I can play my best tennis, I think I have a shot.

Q. How come you dominated David so much today?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: It's tough to say. I've never played David before. So I think he's one of the best players in the world because he can play well on every surface. But I like to play a lot from the baseline. And today the way I was hitting the ball, I felt great. So I could go for my shots a lot more than I maybe used to, especially on my backhand.

As I said, I was returning really well. So even when he served well, on his first serve, I got it back. It was a rally from the baseline, which I like.

Q. What sort of impact is this going to have in Sweden? The Swedish public haven't been as keen on tennis in the last decade. Because it's Wimbledon, you're a Grand Slam champion, do you think it's going to have an effect?

THOMAS JOHANSSON: I hope so. I hope so. I know they broadcast this match in Sweden. That's one step in the right direction.

But, of course, we have so many good athletes in Sweden for the moment. We have good in track and field, we have good in football, we have good ice hockey players, as well. It takes away the focus of the tennis a little bit.

But now I've been reading the Swedish papers myself, so I've seen that they write a lot about Wimbledon, and I'm really happy about that. I think that inspires young boys and girls to start to play tennis.

musefanatic
06-29-2005, 08:42 PM
Well done Tojo! Thanks for the interview! :)

Aleksa's Laydee
06-29-2005, 08:48 PM
Wouldn't it be just TOO funny if TJ won the whole thing?????? It would be just like the AO all over again with people saying he was a fluke winner, etc. It would make me really happy to read that stuff all over again. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

The last time and first time he got to a GS semi he won it...can he repeat it i wonder? :scratch:

Sommarsverige
06-29-2005, 09:00 PM
Thomas :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

So happy for him :bigclap:

Francine
06-29-2005, 11:44 PM
:woohoo: and he'll be no. 9 in the rankings monday!

margaret_gn
06-30-2005, 12:50 AM
TOJO!!!!!!! you totally made my day!!! Good luck! At least now his match will be shown live here :yeah: I'm so happy i'm shouting my family lunch today :lol:
Top 10 here we come again :)

midsommardagen
06-30-2005, 03:53 AM
No.9, to be more specific :yeah:

I'm so happy for him. but our stupid tv station showed the Roddick-Grosjean match yesterday!:mad:

:banana: Come on ToJo, hunt the duck!:banana:

jmgsdoubsprtnr
06-30-2005, 05:03 AM
kick some roddick ass!!!

Kristen
06-30-2005, 05:35 AM
lol the highlight of my television last night was seeing Lahyahi Umpire at the Lopez/Hewitt match. Yes, I watched it. I loved every moment of Hewitts errors (because I knew it wouldn't make a difference to the outcome of the match :mad: )

Feels so surreal for a Swede to be this far into a GS again! Kom igen ToJo!!

Aleksa's Laydee
06-30-2005, 10:05 AM
:woohoo: and he'll be no. 9 in the rankings monday!

oh my god oh my god oh my god...no way???? WOW!!!!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Aleksa's Laydee
06-30-2005, 05:10 PM
Johansson Has Success Stitched Up

Thursday, 30 June, 2005

If things had turned out differently, Thomas Johansson might be treating patients in his hometown of Linköping, in the middle of "billowing cornfields and the sweet smelling Östergötland soil", as the town's website puts it.

But Thomas Johansson, born on March 24, 1975 in the city south of Stockholm with just over 100 000 inhabitants, didn't become a doctor. Instead, he became a very fine tennis player and Grand Slam winner who will tomorrow play Andy Roddick in the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

Swedish tennis fans are surely glad that Johansson realised early on that he couldn't bear the sight of blood.

Young Thomas started playing tennis aged five, with his father Krister. His tennis idol was Mats Wilander, now captain of Sweden's Davis Cup team. Talented himself, at the age of 14 Johansson himself was European singles champion in juniors.

Currently living in Monte Carlo, 30-year-old Johansson is financially secure with around US$5 million of price money under his belt. Despite winning only one Grand Slam so far, the Australian Open in 2002, it would be unfair to dismiss it as a fluke.

The Swede is no gambler on the tennis court. Possessing a solid all-round game with no real weaknesses and a good serve, the "tennis-doctor" is able to hit the weak points of his opponents.

Professional tennis has not been an easy ride for Johansson. After reaching the heights of winning a Grand Slam tournament he maintained momentum for a while - but then things went downhill for the Swede.

Having endured more than his fair share of injuries in the last few years, a serious knee injury suffered in 2003 almost ended his career, Johansson told the press after his quarter-final win over David Nalbandian in this year's Wimbledon.

"A lot of people, they did not think I was going to be able to come back. But I love to play tennis. And when you're away from the tennis, you miss it a lot. I was working really, really hard to come back and to be able to play tennis against all these young guys that just popped up when I was injured."

Coming back was not easy. "I remember the first tournament I played after my injury was Adelaide. I was practicing for like five, six days. I did not win one set. I said to my coach, 'I think this is it'. But realising afterwards that opponents included winner, the finalist, and a semi-finalist, made him give tennis one more go.

His decision has paid off handsomely. Johansson is now a semi-finalist at Wimbledon, for the first time, on his ninth attempt.

"I'm happy to be in the semi-final. I think I have a good chance against Andy, as well. It's going to be a very tough match, and I have a lot of respect for him, as well. But I think if I can play my best tennis, I think I have a shot."

Were Johansson to make the final and win the tournament on Sunday, he would achieve something that Wilander - winner of seven Grand Slam titles - never managed.

Johansson is already helping to reinstate the profile of tennis in Sweden. "We have good [athletes] in track and field, we have good in football, we have good ice hockey players, as well. It takes away the focus on tennis a little bit.

"Now I've been reading the Swedish papers myself, so I've seen that they write a lot about Wimbledon, and I'm really happy about that."

Two wins for Johansson, and there might be thousands of small boys in Sweden with a new idol.

Francine
06-30-2005, 09:02 PM
Hans största stöd stannar hemma

Han är Thomas Johanssons största supporter.
Men när svensken spelar Wimbledon-semifinal tvingas hans pappa Krister stanna hemma i Linköping.
- Självklart hade det varit roligt om han kunnat vara med men jag vet att han hejar på mig, säger Johansson till TT.

Torsdagens träning på en av sidobanorna i Wimbledon har precis avslutats.
Med sig under turneringen har Johansson som vanligt sin flickvän, Gisella, och Magnus Tideman, hans tränare genom hela tenniskarriären.
- Sedan kommer ett par kompisar över nu till semifinalen, berättar Johansson.
Däremot kan inte de som följt honom under hela karriären att vara på plats vid semifinalen mot Andy Roddick, USA.
Nämligen hans föräldrar.

Pappa och farfar spelade
För TT berättar Johansson om sin relation till sina föräldrar, mamma Maud och pappa Krister, han som är en av de främsta anledningarna till att det blev tennis för honom.
- Pappa och min farfar spelade tennis, när de spelat klart så brukade jag få spela lite med pappa. Vid ett av de tillfällena var det en tränare för Linköpings tennisklubb som såg mig spela och sa till pappa: "att om han och jag ville så tyckte han att jag kanske skulle börja spela i hans tennisskola. Det var så jag började.

Ansträngd ekonomi
- Tyvärr lever inte den farbrorn längre.
Under hela karriären har Thomas Johansson stöttats av sina föräldrar, de har hjälpt honom fastän ekonomin varit ansträngd och det ett tag såg ut som om han skulle tvinga att sluta med tennisen på grund av omkostnaderna.
- Pappa har hjälpt mig oerhört mycket och vi pratar med varandra efter varje match. Han kan oerhört mycket tennis och har sett mig spela genom hela min karriär så han kan fortfarande ge mig tips hur jag ska spela, berättar Johansson.

Hejar framför teven
- Tyvärr är det så att han är så dålig fysisk att han inte kan vara med här. Pappa har astma och diabetes. Sedan har han också fått problem med sin höft och har svårt att gå, vilket gör att han har svårt att resa. I Stockholm Open förra året var han med men nu kommer han och mamma att följa matchen på tv i stället.
För din egen del, hur är det att inte ha sina föräldrar med sig?

- Självklart hade det varit roligt att ha med de båda här i Wimbledon men jag vet att mamma och pappa hejar på mig framför tv:n.

http://expressen.se/index.jsp?a=309019

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About his father who can't be there tomorrow because he's in bad health. He has astma and diabetes and a hip problem so he can't travel. His parents were in Stockholm last fall but will be watching this semi on tv tomorrow. He speaks with his father after every match because he knows a lot about tennis. His parents had to make a lot of financial sacrifices to finance Thomas's tennis when he was younger.
He's sad that his parents won't be there but some friends will come from Sweden and he knows his parents will be watching and supporting him in Linkoping.

Aleksa's Laydee
06-30-2005, 09:13 PM
aawww thats a shame about his dad

hes second on CC

:worship: :worship: :worship: KOM IGEN THOMAS!!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

Sommarsverige
06-30-2005, 09:33 PM
Kom igen Thomas :yeah: :yeah:

I hope so much that he will win against Andy... ;)

margaret_gn
07-01-2005, 01:01 AM
Awww poor Thomas... where did you find all these articles Francine? Thanks btw :)

Francine
07-01-2005, 10:52 AM
They're from Dagens Nyheter and Expressen, two Swedish newspapers :)

Francine
07-01-2005, 06:30 PM
:ras: rain. They'll probably won't finish today. I won't be able to watch tomorrow :bigcry: or sunday :(

Björki
07-01-2005, 07:05 PM
it's looks like they will play soon :bounce:
but imho not more than an hour :( I can't watch tomorrow.

Francine
07-01-2005, 07:21 PM
Play has been suspended for today :(

Match will be finished at noon tomorrow. I'll be able to see it after all :) Kom igen Thomas!

jmgsdoubsprtnr
07-01-2005, 10:56 PM
i really really hope this rain and rest helps tojo out a bit!!!

Aleksa's Laydee
07-02-2005, 12:32 AM
AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH IM THERE TOMORROW!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH IM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!

what a bonus on top of the womens final!!!

margaret_gn
07-02-2005, 12:11 PM
oh have fun siobhan.... the match just started and we're not getting live coverage here... not happy channel nine!!

Kristen
07-02-2005, 02:47 PM
Unfortunate loss, but Good work ToJo :hug:
6-7(6-8),,,6-2,,, 7-6(12-10),,,7-6(7-5)

Sharon
07-02-2005, 02:53 PM
:hug: Tojo... unfortunate how he lost but still a GREAT effort :)

margaret_gn
07-02-2005, 02:55 PM
tojo...:sad: but well done, he played excellent :)

midsommardagen
07-02-2005, 03:55 PM
too bad he lost the match in such a close score!!

:hug: well done Tojo :hug:

Choupi
07-02-2005, 05:52 PM
I've only been able to watch the 3rd set. And I've been so proud of him. Even if he lost the set, he played great. He never gave it up to Roddick. And the way he broke back when Roddick was 6/5, it was amazing. I've been disappointed when I have learned he had lost. But he made a magnificent Wimby so thanks Thomas and well done. :D

Lucia
07-02-2005, 09:22 PM
Awww...he played so well! I felt like crying for his loss... :sad: I didn't though...Thomas put up such a great fight! I could already see him playing Roger in the final...but yeah Andy played very good and he deserves to be in the final! Feel sooooo sorry for Thomas! :smooch:

Aleksa's Laydee
07-02-2005, 10:24 PM
How many bloody TB's did he want to put me through :sobbing: :lol:

Im not sad...no1 should be...Thomas made the semis!!!! of wimbledon!!! and he would have taken Andy to 5 is it hadnt have been for that let cord!

He played soooo well today, that is the honest truth. Thats why im not sad, he made me so proud to be a thomas fan :hug: :kiss:

Roll on the hard court season :D

Francine
07-03-2005, 08:57 PM
Well done Thomas, what an awesome tournament! I had to leave at 5-5 in the 2nd tiebreak yesterday so I coudn't see the outcome :(
LA is next? That's a three week vacation :)

Aleksa's Laydee
07-03-2005, 09:02 PM
i thought it was 2? It says 2 in his schedule!

Francine
07-03-2005, 10:32 PM
When does LA start? I thought July 25.

Aleksa's Laydee
07-04-2005, 10:49 AM
ah yes it is...and it is a 3 weeek break sorry!

eek 3 weeks without Thomas :sad: :sad:

Lucia
07-08-2005, 05:34 PM
I already found it strange that i couldn't find him at any tournament.. :scratch: But that's me...not the observer type anyway... :angel:

NATAS81
07-08-2005, 05:35 PM
I already found it strange that i couldn't find him at any tournament.. :scratch: But that's me...not the observer type anyway... :angel:Great av! I have more if you want :angel:

Lucia
07-08-2005, 05:39 PM
Great av! I have more if you want :angel:
More what....avatars? Pics? Not gettin' it... :confused:

NATAS81
07-08-2005, 05:41 PM
More what....avatars? Pics? Not gettin' it... :confused:Correctamunda via email, pm, though I doubt it works via PM :scratch: