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06-16-2010 11:32 PM
Vaskalainen
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

cheers Pim PIm fans...

please look at my sig!
04-14-2010 08:32 AM
Chris-swede
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

he is not really trying..i also feel so....just here and there..thats not a pro anymore...
03-30-2010 11:52 AM
Jomp1
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

Not much new coming out of his blog. It tells very little about when to see him on court again, and frankly I don't think he has the determination to come back to the tour. Everything seems really casual and he doesn't wanna play Challengers/Futures as it looks like, which is really the only way to go at this point. I hope I'm wrong but the years are passing by.
02-22-2010 06:22 PM
gam_jonte
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

Most likely it'll be in DC in Singles. Atleast i think he should play instead of Vinci since he doesn't seem to be as cool under pressure as proven time and time again.
02-22-2010 12:36 PM
Chris-swede
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

when he will play again?
02-20-2010 12:13 PM
Dini
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

Thanks for all the great work. I always like Pim's
insight.
02-14-2010 03:53 AM
KingSodaPop
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

Great articles, Mediarat and Josef!

I love the honesty and insight in the Pim Pim blogs. Keep them coming.

He really is open and uncensored. I am hopeful he gets to play in the DC tie. He looked really good at Kuala Lumpur and the Stockholm Open. He is still only 27 years old. I like this passage:

"There has been a lot of discussions weather Stockholm Open (and also Hamburg) was the wrong way to go for Robin. There has also been rumours that Robin entered Stockholm Open to "save" the tournament. I don´t believe that either SO or Hamburg were the reasons for his injury and I think Robin played in Stockholm Open for himself, but that is another story.

Let´s take it from the beginning: Robin advances to Grand Slam-final in Paris, skips Halle to then reach 4th round in Wimbledon. Han wins in Båstad, with same ranking status and price money as in Stockholm, (some people has complained that he shouldn't have played SO due to low ranking points, but no one has said that about Båstad) and the next week he is injured at the big tournament in Hamburg. If it hadn't been for the feeling of winning Båstad, price money and starting fee.. he should have rested in order to play Hamburg where the big money is.

During hard court-season he got a sore arm which still is affecting him. After playing several weeks in a row, he did not perform as well as he wanted in the 1000p tournament in Asia and had to pull out of Stockholm Open in the semifinals.. and the week after that in Valencia.

As many are now discussing: what should Robin have entered and ignored if he wanted to reach top 8 in ATP finals.

My answer is: he should have rested after Wimbledon to focus on Hamburg and the US (maybe even skip Hamburg as Robin had problems with injuries the last two years). Then skip Malaysia (where neither points or home surface was a key factor) to then play tournaments in Asia, Stockholm, free time, Valencia and Paris. Then I think he would have been ready for Masters. Now we are hoping that he can take the final 8 spot in 2 weeks...

We need a swedish guy at the top!"

These were my thoughts as well.
02-03-2010 06:31 PM
Nidhogg
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

Davydenko "should" have won the AO

Federer was the best player looking at all seven five-set matches, but Davydenko "should" have beaten him if he "only" could have kept his head cool. The Russian has finally found a way to beat Roger (he won their last two meetings), and it's just inexplicaple how anyone can lose the plot so abruptly during a game in the middle of the second set. Good thing for Federer that there are no "ifs" in tennis. There are many matches which Federer during his reign as world number one "should" have lost, but since he has gotten the players respect with his magical game the one player after the other folds against him in slams.

I don't get why the media is so focused over how some of the ladies are more rested than others as they clash in slams. In usual tournaments they always play best of three, and then they usually get no rest in between days. They also have a day of travel and many engagements which they have to focus on, which isn't the case during slams. Why shouldn't they be rested after a three-setter which lasts two hours when they get to rest for 48 hours in between rounds? I think the slams are much tougher for the men in the way it's much more physically demanding than the usual tournaments, while the ladies have it way easier during the two weeks.

I think that the women should experience how it is to go the full distance; not because they get equal prize money, but simply cause some of them barely play three hours during the first week...

As for myself, I have been ill for a good portion of the beginning of the year. It's probably due to less sleep and new "germs" in the home. I'm applying for WC's in all ATP tournaments and try to make sure I'm healthy and have enough practice behind me to go the distance.

I'm really looking forward to the DC gathering within a month. I have gotten pretty close with Thomas (and Magnus) and I believe in him more and more as a coach/leader. Hopefully Robin and the rest of the team will all be in one piece, cause we need all the players we can get...

Pim-Pim

31 jan 10
01-11-2010 11:59 PM
MediaRat
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

..and here are the last blog entries from Pim Pim (took me 4 hours in total for these 3 replies I have published in the thread... ), so enjoy:
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29 nov 09
Must do-matches next weeken
d

Tough weekend in the local series. Started with both me and Jansson were sick (Jansson had 40 degrees fever), "Wille" gone due to school and "Lagge" injured - maybe for the rest of the season.
Apart from Robin Brage (who has quit) who made a big impression in the 1st single in the opposing team, I want to give praise to SPTK's Oliver Hildebrandt who had to step up for the 2nd single (instead of 4th place match). He had to face the reborn Patrick Filipsson who in his almost 40s is trying to compete with Jonas Björkman in 40+ group in a couple of years. Olivers development in the series is far better than the kids in "Idol". Great to see a junior player in the series who are not complaining, or is making foot faults, or is giving up! From the first point until the last, he is standing there like Rapha use to do and it´s impossible to see the match score. If you keep on like this, the respect will grow more and more from the competitors who are going to wish that they could/have the energy to be like you.

We are hoping for a complete team set-up, when we are facing "Gävle" and "Gällivare" who are just above us. We need to win both to stay in the series. Playing at home, everyone well and maybe the entire SSK-cheering squad, everything is possible!

Söderlings sudden exit from the ATP finals was to Davydenkos advantage (who later won the title). In the semifinals against Delpo, Robin was serving at 4-2 in the crucial 3rd set. He was just a step behind on the important points and Del Potros routine & attitude settled the score. Robin fought all the way even though the body language at 2-6 & 3-6 in the deciding tie-break said otherwise (Robin appeared to be much shorter, with sholders hanging after a long duel at 2-5 and his own serve).

Robin is facing something new next season: 1. He is a player "to beat" 2. He must really calculate (expect) to reach 2nd week in all Grand Slams 3. Starting fees (for example Malaysia, Båstad, Stockholm and other "little" tournaments who draws top 10 players with x amount of hundred thousands SEK) could make it more difficult to plan a good schedule 4. His re-building phase is much shorter now that he only has 1 month to the 1st tournament of 2010.. 5. Larger media focus and activities around the tournaments. Will be exciting to follow this closely.
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4 dec 09
Thank You


This is my last blog entry for 2009, since the ATP-season is over. Looking forward though to DC-finals Spain-Czech Republic.
It has been really great to comment on different events in sports, mostly tennis, but also affect my readers who are now at 1.500 unique visitors/day!

One of the best things since the start in June, must be Petra (in SPTK team) who got a sponsor thanks to my blog post. Then also all fun discussions around my Quiz, all emails and comments in the tennis halls I have visited is of course a contributing factor for wanting to continue next year indefinitely.

Next thing on my own schedule is moving from our apartment to a house just outside of Södertälje (my base will still be at the Tennis Hall). We started packing the other day and should be ready next week. I have not had high expectations from my pregnant fiancé (9 months) to help move, but she is stubborn and packing, picking up things and making Christmas gifts in her own pace. Rather cosy actually.
After the move we are hoping for Christmas and New Years Eve on the horizon and that Baby Junior is not coming out until next year. We´ll see. The most important thing is that our baby and Johanna are okay.

No match schedule until our baby is born and I have spent some time with my family. I will get back with tournament planning as soon as it´s done. I am relly looking forward to this new part of my life.
It is something that both me and Johanna have been longing for in our lives since a while back. We just needed to find the right person first...
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2 jan 2010
Leo is born!


The 29th of dec at 11.09 pm our little Leo was born. 51 cm and weight 3,3 kilos. His name is Leo Eric Lave Johansson (Eric and Lave from his great grandfathers and grandfater, Johansson from his father).
Everyone is well and the first "exhibition" with family on New Years Eve was the best one we ever had!

Now we have a great time ahead of us and we are looking forward to trying to interpret all funny faces and expressions from Leo.

Happy New Year from Pim-Pim, Johanna & Leo
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8 jan 2010
First week of competion at full speed...


...but for others it started last week already. Of course I mean (for example) Federer and Nadal who year after year more loudly complain about the long schedule that ATP offers. But why do you then enter a show tournament just before the season, when the last matches were in end of November (or beginning of Dec for DC-finals Nadal´s case)? 3-4 weeks without match training hasn't killed anyone from what I have heard!?

Maybe we will see Federer play a show tournament between Wimbledon and US-touring, before US Open when he has a "longer" break of 3-4 weeks again..
I was about to write about Federer and Nadal and show tournaments, but someone beat me to it at a Swedish magazine - but regarding Robin Söderlings schedule. So I will not go into this any further, but just say once again that it is easy cash however not always profitable in the long run. Hope everyone in top 10 realize that before the injuries arrive like a letter in the mail...

/Pim-Pim
01-11-2010 10:26 PM
MediaRat
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

more translated blog entries here:
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13 nov 09
Don´t feel bad, Robin!


Robin did not make the ATP-finals in London as one of the original top 8 players. BUT; you reached No 9 (latest swede to acchieve that in the world ranking was me, feb 2005). You will be a reserve in London (good training, great learning experience, money etc). You had an amazing season and actually have a chance of playing from the start if Roddick pulls out.
Not bad, but sometimes it's difficult to think positive when you have lost the latest match of the season and were so close.. only one day away from top 8 in the world.

However, Robin has a golden path in the beginning of next year, with almost no points to defend before Roland Garros in June (I was no 9 in the World and did not have any points to defend for almost 6 months and saw my opportunity to advance to at least 3rd, but thoughts/plans can change quickly sometimes).
I hope Robin and Magnus improve the planning in 2010 so he does not have to take 3 unwilling breaks like he had to do last year. I think Norman is the right guy to help Robin discuss a good strategy for him. Magnus himself was No 2 and has been in a Grand Slam-final, he knows what amounts are involved and has also been injured in the end of his career.

Another great thing is Robin Söderling and Daniel Berta are encouraged by nominations at the Annual Sport Awards. Robin was not a surprising choice for a candidate in "Male athlete of the year". Which is tough to win in Sweden (against Zlatan etc). However, I had not considered Berta, 17 years old, would be nominated for "Newcomer of the year" as I thought that it "only" was about senior athletes. Daniel had an amazing year and I am the first to congratulate him and "Julle" but at the same time I know it´s a big step from junior to senior on the tour...

I thought the Swedish ranking (that everyone is complaining about year after year) had improved, since it has been said that if you have ATP-points you will pass everyone. I looked today, when I was checking my opponents in the local tennis series, that I am No 22 in Sweden. I am not saying that I necessarily am better "in play" than 22 people in Sweden, but on the APT-ranking I can not count 21 players who are in front of me.. Weird.. No, I am not bitter..
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22 nov 09
Playing against No 1


This friday, training session with Oliver Hildebrandt and World Junior No 1, Daniel Berta. It´s been a while since I played with Daniel which made me extra curious about the session. I had high hopes, but at the same time I know that some people have trouble of leaving the main crowd to be a star without being "cocky".

A humble Daniel is entering the court and glowing with energy from the first step he takes. I asked Daniel if he got a better sponsor deal and custom made t-shirts, or if he had been working out? I got the answer, when we did a 2 hour-match and Daniel only sat down once (what I can remember). (besides from the 20 times I got an easy forehand and Daniel ran faster than Usain Bolt away from the court to change sides instead of trying to win the ball instead). Nice to see juniors that are on their toes and "want" to take care of every opportunity to play upwards (we talked a lot about this last year when I was a coach for Team Catella during Swedish Open). Want to praise Oliver for the same attitude.
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25 dec 09
Robin in semifinals


As I said before, Robin has a good chance of standing there on Sunday with a fat check in the Masters finals. Now it´s just a matter of time before it´s happening.
He has outplayed both Nadal and Djokovic (who by the way displayed a bad attitude in the 2nd set which was finished quickly). He can play relaxed against Davydenko in the last group match, as he is already qualified for semifinals this weekend vs. Del Potro.

As soon as Robin is entering an indoor arena, I have the latest 4-5 years held him as a favourite since he "always" can dictate points the way he please. Unfortunately, he has not been close to use his full potential until this year. However I feel he can get more out of it tactical, but I hope they work more on this during 2010 to earn valuable points.
Me and my brother have written the compendium "If balls did not exist I would invent one" which is about statistics and tactics. Many in final playoffs would benefit from analyzing their statistics and apply this in reality. This is the next step within sports development. As I see it, you can get a lot out of minimal amount of competing and training if you KNOW what you get most out of the training. Loot at me. Thanks to Niclas (my brother) who helped me analyze my tennis I have (besides learning how to get back quickly after a long break), learned how to plan training to avoid injuries when I set up my own schedule.

/Pim-Pim
01-11-2010 08:46 PM
MediaRat
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

I can offer some translation as well. It´s great that people are following Pim-Pim (who is hopefully playing Davis Cup in March against Argentina and we pray that he gets some good practice until then.. after his family time as a new father!). Congrats
There has been a number of long blog entries, so I have chosen to translate those who are of more common interest rather than local competitions (and it takes a couple of hours). So here we go;

http://www.pimpimacemanagement.com

28 okt 09
Finally it is out... from himself!


He is one of the few who has won all 4 Grand Slams during his career, been No 1 in 100 weeks and made a succesful comeback at the end of the 90s. He has now written a book from which parts have been published in media where he tells about taking drugs (doping). The player is no one other than Andre Agassi.
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Taken from expressen.se, svd.se;
"In his upcoming autobiography, Agassi writes that he was using the drug metamfetamin during 1997.
When his test was not approved, he wrote a letter to ATP and lied about how he had come in contact with the drug. "- I wrote that I had accidentally taken a soda that was laced with the drug and thus without knowing it got exposed to the forbidden drog", says Agassi in the book.
"– I don´t know if it was an addiction but many people say that if you use drugs as a way of escaping reality you've got a problem."

Agassi himself said that he was not worried of how people would react to the disclosure.
"– I have always shown my feelings and I was actually looking forward to tell my whole story, he says to People magazine."
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If ATP had suspended him (everyone who is disclosed should be, no matter what reason), most likely he would not have climbed all the way back to the top. Instead the drug tests regarding a prominent tennis athlete was held a secret and made sure that he became a star once again with people who shook his hand daily on the tour such as players, fans and ATP-representativs. Now a lot of people's careers have been affected by ATPs actions, where I was one of those who lost against Agassi (4:e round, Australian Open 05) after he tested positive!

When I started playing full-time professionally on the tour, 2004, almost everyone was talking about ATP hiding "something" from Agassi's test. I can just imagine how a lot of people are relieved that the reality caught up with Agassi. I hope that media/players demand a reason/explanation from the ATP and it better be good to maintain the brand that already has been questioned a number of times concerning drug-related matters.
I want to encourage you readers not to buy Agassis book as I feel this is a cheap PR-stunt and a way for him to unburden himself of carrying this around.
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1 nov 09
Masters is closing in ..


Robin Söderling has the chance to play Tour Finals in the end of this month in London (if he recovers from the injury in his elbow and perform well in the last tournament).

There has been a lot of discussions weather Stockholm Open (and also Hamburg) was the wrong way to go for Robin. There has also been rumours that Robin entered Stockholm Open to "save" the tournament. I don´t believe that either SO or Hamburg were the reasons for his injury and I think Robin played in Stockholm Open for himself, but that is another story.
Let´s take it from the beginning: Robin advances to Grand Slam-final in Paris, skips Halle to then reach 4th round in Wimbledon. Han wins in Båstad, with same ranking status and price money as in Stockholm, (some people has complained that he shouldn't have played SO due to low ranking points, but no one has said that about Båstad) and the next week he is injured at the big tournament in Hamburg. If it hadn't been for the feeling of winning Båstad, price money and starting fee.. he should have rested in order to play Hamburg where the big money is.

During hard court-season he got a sore arm which still is affecting him. After playing several weeks in a row, he did not perform as well as he wanted in the 1000p tournament in Asia and had to pull out of Stockholm Open in the semifinals.. and the week after that in Valencia.
As many are now discussing: what should Robin have entered and ignored if he wanted to reach top 8 in ATP finals.
My answer is: he should have rested after Wimbledon to focus on Hamburg and the US (maybe even skip Hamburg as Robin had problems with injuries the last two years). Then skip Malaysia (where neither points or home surface was a key factor) to then play tournaments in Asia, Stockholm, free time, Valencia and Paris. Then I think he would have been ready for Masters. Now we are hoping that he can take the final 8 spot in 2 weeks...
We need a swedish guy at the top!
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4 okt 09
Daniel Berta World No 1!


To be No 1 has been an important objective for Daniel during this year. Now he is there, at the top of the Junior Ranking, (only 17 years old), which is a much larger effort than he get credit and attention for.
I have been following Daniel both up-close and on the distance. Always impressed by his confidence that has been growing every training session.
I want to congratulate not only Daniel Berta, but also everyone who has helped him along the way of becoming the World No 1.

It´s important to let Daniel grow in his own pace and not through media. It would be a shame if he is not reaching his full potential. It´s not only the game that matters, but also the attitude and all other mental parts.
We need these Junior players and many more who we would be happy to see as new potential talents in Swedish tennis.
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9 nov 09
Tennis 1st division starting Saturday


Saturday is opening match against Uppsala and we are going with the whole team. Full schedule with totally 7 team matches in less than one month.
Hectic time at the end of this year for me as well, as we are moving to our new house in Södertälje (south of Sthlm), our Baby Junior is entering the world around New Years Eve and I might be playing 3 show-matches before Christmas (nothing decided yet, taking the decision om Monday if I feel like leaving my very pregnant girlfriend Johanna).

I will not enter the Australian Open-qualies due to my ranking (370 at the moment, the cut is around 250) which this year is fine. I know what I would have decided anyway if the choice was between a Grand Slam and the birth of my child. I will not be able to book anything for a while, as I want to see that Johanna and Baby Junior is okay in the beginning of 2010. I will be back with more info as soon as I am starting to plan new tournaments!
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10-26-2009 07:41 AM
Chris-swede
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

who is Grizzly?? His coach? Whats his real name?
10-25-2009 06:45 PM
Enjoy Incubus
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

God... Thank god theyŕe all ok, such a terrible situation they've pass through.
10-25-2009 10:11 AM
amdany
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

, that is scary, I 'm glad he's ok!
10-25-2009 09:36 AM
Björki
Re: Pim-Pims blogg

:eee:

Thanks for the translation
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