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;
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.
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."
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.
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!
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.
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!