Yeah I got a very slow day at work so and already caught it in the morning. Only doing the highlights.
What are the odds of Soderling playing?
Johansson: Still hard to tell. Robin has had mono and had trouble for months. He's been at the Royal Tennis Hall practicing but you need to be careful. Only he himself can decide if he's ready or not.
I had Robin in my studio on Sunday and we talked, he said he didn't practice tennis for a month...How long does it take on this level before you are back at normal capacity?
Björkman: It could take time. On this level you recover fast however as you play so much. First week could be very tough but then it will move fast. But this is also very individual.
We know that Robin would love to play but how smart is that having had this sickness?
Johansson: Health comes in the first hand. Of course we want him to play but it can't be at any price. Robin will play 3,4,5 years more so if it doesn't work out this week we will respect that.
How late can the decision be?
We have very close contact with Robin, his agent and Rosengren but mainly it's himself that must decide when ready.
Then some discussion about the field. Monfils, Del Potro, (Björkman hyping up Delpo a little having him as favorite) They also got previous Stockholm winners to come as: Nalbandian, Blake, Baghdatis. Future stars as Raonic, Dimitrov. Explains that Federer gave them very good signs early in the year but as his results was bad during clay season and he lost ground in the race he didn't want to play much in the autumn.
They intend to go after one of the top3 for next year and think they got a great chance. Djokovic was in Bastad and looked this year and liked what he saw. (those crazy bastards, always wanting to keep Soderling away from winning Stockholm just because they both have won it themselves and want to have some small edge on him )
Then some discussion about the future of swedish tennis.