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Thomas Johansson Retires

Action Jackson
06-12-2009, 10:11 AM
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/europe/news/article_1483039.php/Swedens_Thomas_Johansson_to_retire_

Sweden's Thomas Johansson to retire
Europe News

Jun 12, 2009, 7:40 GMT


Stockholm = Thomas Johansson, the last Swedish tennis player to win a Grand Slam title, has decided to retire from professional tennis, he said in an interview published Friday.

Johansson, 34, told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper that returning to form from a foot injury sustained last year would be too much.

'The foot feels better but in order to make a serious comeback I would have to train harder than I ever have. I am not prepared to do that,' he said.

The foot injury was one of several injuries that impacted his 15-year career.

He won nine career titles highlighted by the 2002 Australian Open, and was ranked world number seven at best.

In the interview, Johansson said he would really miss the circuit and 'the initial period will be shocking.'

Johansson and his wife Gisella recently had their second child, and he said he had wanted the children to have seen him play.

Bernard Black
06-12-2009, 10:17 AM
Best of luck, champ.

asmazif
06-12-2009, 10:17 AM
cya

Etern
06-12-2009, 10:20 AM
He deserves some rest after a long career. But he will be missed, especially in the swedish DC-team.

MariaV
06-12-2009, 10:23 AM
Bye bye ToJo! :wavey:
He beat Marat fair and square in that AO final, wish him all the best! :hatoff:

FairWeatherFan
06-12-2009, 10:27 AM
Without a doubt the most unlikely slam winner of this decade. A historically memorable player, this Johansson.

bjurra
06-12-2009, 10:33 AM
Good decision.

Thanks for everything, TJ!

tufani
06-12-2009, 10:34 AM
Good luck in the life after tennis, ToJo :wavey:

Ivanatis
06-12-2009, 10:35 AM
there goes the probably biggest overachiever of this decade, bye Thomas and good luck

Langers
06-12-2009, 10:36 AM
Bye.

StevoTG
06-12-2009, 10:45 AM
It's sad that he didn't get to go on his own terms, but that doesn't change the fact that he had an awesome career :hatoff: Best of luck to him in whatever avenues he pursues in the future.

:clap2::clap2:

Jelena
06-12-2009, 10:55 AM
:wavey: ToJo

duong
06-12-2009, 10:56 AM
Sad news, nice guy, best of luck for the future :hatoff:

Goldenoldie
06-12-2009, 10:58 AM
Always sorry to see a senior player retire when deep down he still wants to play. Good luck to him.

Dini
06-12-2009, 11:00 AM
He will be missed. :sad:

Björki
06-12-2009, 11:08 AM
Thomas :hug: :worship: I will miss him :awww:

all the best to him, his wife and the 2 children. :)

Voo :wavey: :)

Venle
06-12-2009, 11:24 AM
Have a good retirement Thomas :hug:

Lycka till. :)

Mimi
06-12-2009, 12:01 PM
bye and good luck, still remember how he pushed the then still good Michael Chang to 3 sets at the Salem Open in the 90's, he was very young by then, time flies so quickly :sad:

DartMarcus
06-12-2009, 12:14 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:
My second favourite player retires :sad:
Enjoy your post-tennis life, Thomas :hug:

Frooty_Bazooty
06-12-2009, 12:21 PM
ah thats a shame, im a big fan of ToJo.
would have liked to have to seen him sign out properly at wimbledon or the stockholm open or something though :sad:

jonas
06-12-2009, 12:57 PM
Tack för allt, Toker! :bigwave:

ToJo had a great career. With the win in AO 2002 as the crown of course.
Sometimes I think people don't give him the credit he deserves. He's all but a one slam wonder.
2005 he reached SF in Wimby, where he was inches from beating Roddick.

1998 he was in the QF in US Open (as well as 2000), beating Krajicek and Kafelnikov, before losing 12-10 in final sets tiebreak against an in form Philippoussis.

He's been a solid player for years. 1 GS, 1 TMS, 9 titles. Loads of F's and SF's in bigger tournaments.

Have a good life, Thomas!

timafi
06-12-2009, 01:12 PM
have a good life buddy:yeah:

Nathaliia
06-12-2009, 01:14 PM
Incredibly nice person and an enjoyable tennis player (although some will never forgive him ability of winning the slam). Enjoy the life, ToJo.

Zdravko
06-12-2009, 01:19 PM
Good Luck for the future... all the best.

rocketassist
06-12-2009, 01:33 PM
All the best Tojo, a top guy and a great player. His backhand is actually underrated when they talk about great two handers in the game.

Voo de Mar
06-12-2009, 01:38 PM
Thomas :hug: :worship: I will miss him :awww:

all the best to him, his wife and the 2 children. :)

Voo :wavey: :)

Hi Björki :wavey:

I'll try to prepare ToJo's thread within a week.

ballbasher101
06-12-2009, 01:58 PM
I must say that this is news to me because I thought that he had retired already :confused:. He came into the Eurosport studio after the Nadal-Soderling match and he looked like someone who had already retired.

Everko
06-12-2009, 02:07 PM
He should have retired 8 years ago so people don't have to see him win his joke slam.

mr_burns
06-12-2009, 02:15 PM
good luck

alfonsojose
06-12-2009, 02:17 PM
:tears: :sobbing: :sad:

Kolya
06-12-2009, 02:27 PM
I never really liked him because he always beat Kafelnikov!

He is always a GS winner I always forget but best of luck to Tojo.

feuselino
06-12-2009, 03:04 PM
He didn't really retire until Voo did his tribut post! ;)

GlennMirnyi
06-12-2009, 03:41 PM
What a shame. Not the flashiest of players but very solid, smart on court and with a lot of skill.

Corey Feldman
06-12-2009, 03:56 PM
have a good retirement 2002 Aussie Open champ

Lee
06-12-2009, 04:03 PM
Enjoy your time with family, ToJo!

Mint Chip
06-12-2009, 04:08 PM
Too bad :sad: Sweden only has Soderling left now. They need more players

straitup
06-12-2009, 04:15 PM
Good luck ToJo :)

Such a pleasant player to watch...he may be known as a "fluke" GS Champ, but he deserved that AO and had a great career

McAlistar
06-12-2009, 04:19 PM
This guy had an amazing serve in his prime, i remember when he played doubles with Bjorkman in the Davis cup in 2002, he had so many love service games it was unreal for a small guy. He will be missed.

rhinooooo
06-12-2009, 04:22 PM
What a shame. Not the flashiest of players but very solid, smart on court and with a lot of skill.

Seconded. Hope he enjoys his life out of tennis.

Burrow
06-12-2009, 04:25 PM
Oh well, these threads are always cliched, people say the same stuff so I won't go over it but people don't give him enough credit, people seem to give worse players more praise but Johansson had one of best serves I've seen for a guy under 6' with a rock solid backhand and all court game. Sometimes I wonder whether I wanted Safin to actually win that match but at the end of the day, he got a lesson from a true professional who appreciated the game more than Marat did at the time, made him look stupid on court.

:wavey:

Burrow
06-12-2009, 06:17 PM
Everko or whatever your name is, "slobbering over a bad player"? HAHA! If he is that bad how did he win a grand slam?

Everko
06-12-2009, 06:23 PM
It was an absolute fluke. Like is Roddick winning the US Open or Gandio is winning the French.

He is very bad compared to other slam winners (which is where he put himself when he won the aus open).

I rmemebr TJohan's run. Novak choked away the semi. Johan won a slam in a time period when nobody was truly the dominator. If he'd been prime nowadays, no slam, tat best a Quarterfinal

its.like.that
06-12-2009, 06:26 PM
I've always hated Tojo.

Glad to see the back of him.

Hope you live a mug life Tojo. And I feel sorry for your kids having you as a father.

dam0dred
06-12-2009, 06:48 PM
Always enjoyed watching him play. Enjoy your retirement, Champ. :)

Matt01
06-12-2009, 06:58 PM
I've always hated Tojo.

Glad to see the back of him.

Hope you live a mug life Tojo. And I feel sorry for your kids having you as a father.

It was an absolute fluke. Like is Roddick winning the US Open or Gandio is winning the French.

He is very bad compared to other slam winners (which is where he put himself when he won the aus open).

I rmemebr TJohan's run. Novak choked away the semi. Johan won a slam in a time period when nobody was truly the dominator. If he'd been prime nowadays, no slam, tat best a Quarterfinal


Some classy replies in this thread :rolleyes:

mitalidas
06-12-2009, 07:05 PM
Both 2002 Australian Open finalists retiring this year.

Thanks for the memories. Enjoy retired life.

jmsx521
06-12-2009, 07:14 PM
Even without the "harder" training he'll be still good enough to compete in challengers, just like Hrbaty is doing now. Maybe in another 6 months when his desire to make a come back is too persistent, his ranking will still be good enough to get him in the challengers.

Nowadays with all the players who have announced retirement and later have attempted come-backs, when I hear somebody "retiring," the first thing that comes on my mind is "For how long?"

Sheepy
06-12-2009, 07:29 PM
ToJo :hatoff:

Best of luck for everything in the future :wavey:

its.like.that
06-12-2009, 07:47 PM
Some classy replies in this thread :rolleyes:

Since when does class equate to meaningless wishes compliments?

Why should I say how much I liked him and wish him all the best for the future, when in actual fact I hate him and don't couldn't give a sh*t about his future?

:o

Junkyard Racket
06-12-2009, 07:53 PM
2002 Australian Open Champion
2005 Wimbledon Semifinalist
1999 ATP Masters Series Canada Champion

Excellent career, ToJo. :worship:

Everko
06-12-2009, 08:02 PM
2002 Australian Open Champion
2005 Wimbledon Semifinalist
1999 ATP Masters Series Canada Champion

Excellent career, ToJo. :worship:

you are a joke artist! :D

Junkyard Racket
06-12-2009, 08:09 PM
you are a joke artist! :D

I am? Sweeeeeet!!! :lol:

scoobs
06-12-2009, 08:11 PM
Best wishes to ToJo in the next phase of his life.

I think he can look back with a great deal of satisfaction on what he achieved, including that somewhat improbable Australian Open win.

Jelena
06-12-2009, 09:44 PM
Since when does class equate to meaningless wishes compliments?

Why should I say how much I liked him and wish him all the best for the future, when in actual fact I hate him and don't couldn't give a sh*t about his future?

:o
So why do you even bother to post in this thread and not simply stay quiet? :rolleyes:

keqtqiadv
06-12-2009, 09:46 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Matt01
06-12-2009, 09:54 PM
Since when does class equate to meaningless wishes compliments?

Why should I say how much I liked him and wish him all the best for the future, when in actual fact I hate him and don't couldn't give a sh*t about his future?

:o


No one said that you have to pretend to like the guy :rolleyes:

But if you don't like him, have at least the class to not post and not show your hatred in a retirement thread :wavey:

miura
06-12-2009, 09:55 PM
Thanks for everything!

JMG
06-12-2009, 09:56 PM
This was the slam Haas should have won. What a tool.

Bye Johansson

Burrow
06-12-2009, 10:00 PM
Haas would have probably won the Safin match if it wasn't for the rain.

sheva07
06-12-2009, 10:34 PM
Thanks for entertaining us these years, ToJo. Great sportsman.

Bad Religion
06-12-2009, 10:42 PM
Generic player

You can create 100 players like this clown in a factory

Dini
06-12-2009, 11:05 PM
^ You probably can, but the factory product won't be liked as much as ToJo was and still is. ;)

Burrow
06-12-2009, 11:36 PM
Utter crap... somebody agreeing you can create a grand slam champion in a factory by the hundred :help:

heya
06-13-2009, 12:27 AM
Even Thomas admitted he got help from bad calls in the 2005 Wimbledon semi.

Bargearse
06-13-2009, 04:37 AM
He may not have been extraordinary, but he was a consistent, solid player. 15 years is a good effort and to have won a grand slam is a huge achievement, no matter how unlikely it may have been. Best of luck to him and his family.

EternalxJourney
06-13-2009, 04:54 AM
Best of luck, ToJo.

TennisGrandSlam
06-13-2009, 07:22 AM
Good luck, Tojo

its.like.that
06-13-2009, 08:32 AM
So why do you even bother to post in this thread and not simply stay quiet? :rolleyes:

Why stay quiet? I'm not afraid of sharing my opinion of Tojo.

Why do all our opinions of Tojo have to be the same?

its.like.that
06-13-2009, 08:33 AM
No one said that you have to pretend to like the guy :rolleyes:

But if you don't like him, have at least the class to not post and not show your hatred in a retirement thread :wavey:

Again, how does that equate to class? :cuckoo::retard:

The world isn't one big happy place, you clown. There is hatred everywhere. And I hate tojo. Get over it.

Sommarsverige
06-13-2009, 10:51 AM
Thomas will be missed soooooooooooooo much :sad: :sad:

Thanks for so many great tennis memories and all the best for your life after tennis :hug:

Iván
06-13-2009, 12:20 PM
Ancic ruined his career with that wack to the eye.

Although Tojo's match with tabara at the world team cup will forever be etched in my memory

l_mac
06-13-2009, 12:27 PM
I've always hated Tojo.

Glad to see the back of him.

Hope you live a mug life Tojo. And I feel sorry for your kids having you as a father.

:haha:

He's 34. How long did people expect him to play?

Matt01
06-13-2009, 07:36 PM
Again, how does that equate to class? :cuckoo::retard:

The world isn't one big happy place, you clown. There is hatred everywhere. And I hate tojo. Get over it.


Correction: You are not classless.

You are an idiot.

Federerhingis
06-13-2009, 08:52 PM
What a shame. Not the flashiest of players but very solid, smart on court and with a lot of skill.

That's exactly what he was. Very solid, and had plenty of pot on his serve. He too had a tricky return of serve and gave players when he was in form loads of trouble.

KarlyM
06-13-2009, 10:37 PM
Happy trails, Tojo. :wavey: You'll be missed by many, especially the Swedish DC team. :)

I wasn't a big fan of him, but I never hated him. He always seemed like a nice guy. Best of luck to him. :)

The Oracle
06-14-2009, 06:48 AM
DIDNT HE WIN A SLAM OR SOMETHING?
Anyways, good luck in your after-life. I hope you dont turn into another Marky P.

BTW, can someone please move this back to the player's forum? He has not been relevant for quite a long time.

castle007
06-14-2009, 06:52 AM
Best of luck to him!!

He won a slam, something that 99.9% of current players haven't done

lleytonfan!
06-14-2009, 07:10 AM
I'll always remember Aus Open 2002. Congrats on a good tennis career Thomas, and all the best for the future.

kaetchen
06-14-2009, 07:30 PM
I'll miss you, Tojo!

Thanks for the memories and best of luck in your life ahead! :hatoff:

oz_boz
06-14-2009, 10:43 PM
Bye & thanks to the champ, those clowns who haven't learned that he won AO totally deservedly won't bother him one bit :lol: I for one enjoy to see spoilt lazy talented guys being taken to the cleaners.

its.like.that
06-15-2009, 08:13 AM
Correction: You are not classless.

You are an idiot.

id⋅i⋅ot
  /ˈɪdiət/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [id-ee-uht] Show IPA
–noun
1. an utterly foolish or senseless person.
2. Psychology. a person of the lowest order in a former classification of mental retardation, having a mental age of less than three years old and an intelligence quotient under 25.

I belive this definition is more applicable to you than it is to me, Matt.

:retard:

martine2
06-15-2009, 03:26 PM
Good luck in yr future life Tojo. You'll be missed.

martine2
06-15-2009, 03:28 PM
I guess Voo will provide us a career overview :D