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Old 06-23-2008, 12:32 PM   #1
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Jonas said today that he gonna retire at the ond of the season.

Go Jonas in Wimbledon, schock them all!!!
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Hope he can win some matches in Wimbledon.

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Even if this is surely not unexpected, it made me very sad when I now read it

It is already written as a headline in the Swedish papers now... Peggy, of course I can translate everything you want, because I am sure they will make larger articles about it during the day!

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Jonas Björkman: Nu slutar jag

Besked i dag: svenske världsstjärnan lägger av efter säsongen

I dag kom det definitiva beskedet:

Jonas Björkman, 36, slutar.

– Jag är mycket stolt och nöjd med vad jag har åstadkommit som tennisspelare.

Jonas Björkman laddar för Wimbledon.

Det blir hans avskedsturnering i London.

I dag lämnar han nämligen beskdet att säsongen 2008 blir hans sista i världstennisen och som professionell tennisspelare på ATP-touren.

– Jag känner att det är dags att tacka för mig på världens tennisarenor och jag ser nu fram emot nästa kapitel i mitt liv, att få spendera mycket mer tid tillsammans med min familj och så småningom anta nya utmaningar. Beslutet har fått den tid det behövt för att växa färdigt, så därför känns det väldigt bra och naturligt att ta det nu, skriver Jonas Björkman i ett pressmeddelande.
Har vunnit nio Grand Slam

Beskedet kommer inte helt oväntat – ryktena om Björkmans avsked har surrat hela våren och han har tidigare aviserat att han vill spela över OS i Peking i sommar.

Jonas Björkman debuterade på ATP-touren redan 1993 och har en diger meritlista.

Han har vunnit Davis Cup, rankats som världsfyra i singel, världsetta i tennis och vunnit nio Grand Slam.

– Att spela semifinal i Wimbledon som 34-åring och att vinna på hemmaplan i Stockholm Open är några av de allra finaste höjdpunkterna för min egen del, skriver Björkman.

Björkman inleder Wimbledon 2008 mot Arnaud Clément, Frankrike, i morgon.


@ Birte, wenn du etwas Zeit hast?! nur wenn das noch was wichtiges steht. Olympia?
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Not unexpected yes but still sad.
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Peggy, nothing important in the article...
He just said that it has taken him a while to take this decision and he is looking forward to spend more time with his family and to do other things in his life. He also said that it feels good that he said it now officially.

About the Olympic Games the article only says that it has been known since earlier that Jonas plans to play in Bejing. But there are no other details in the article.

@ Peggy Es tut mir soooooo leid Ich hoffe es ist okay, dass ich es ins englische übersetzt habe, aber dann verstehen es die andereren auch. Ich glaube, ich werde in Båstad mega depressiv werden
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Birte kein Problem, also schon aber es war ja zu erwarten.

http://www.expressen.se/sport/tennis...efter-sasongen

kannst du hier bitte nochmal schauen wegen Olympia.
Glaub Einzel wird nichts? Doppel??

English is fine if you will post some news here.
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I nuläget är inte Björkman uttagen till OS, den främsta anledningen till att han valde att fortsätta över 2008. En liten chans till singelspel finns genom något av de wild cards som delas ut till turneringen. Jag pratade med lite folk från internationella tennisförbundet och de sade att jag hade en hyfsad chans att få ett.
Problemet är att asiatiska spelare kommer med största sannolikhet att premieras. Dessutom är den regerande OS-mästaren i singel, chilenaren Nicolas Massu, utan OS-biljett, vilket gör att han förmodligen kommer att tilldelas en av friplatserna.
As far as I can understand this it means he is hoping for a WC for the Olympics. He says the ITF told him he might have a chance but the priority will be to give WCs to players from Asia, and Athens champion Massu is hoping for a WC as well.
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And there is as well a paragraph about olympic doulbes. Jonas may play with Robin Söderling but the swedish NOC has yet to decide.
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That's what I dont understand. Doubles with Robin.
I thought it could be JB/Johansson or JB/Lindstedt
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Probably Aspelin/Johansson is the first doubles team because Tojo will probably get direct entry to olympic singles. As far as I know the olympic rules the singles players are first choice for doubles as well.
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That's what I dont understand. Doubles with Robin.
I thought it could be JB/Johansson or JB/Lindstedt
Peggy, I just read the article and can translate the main facts when I am at home, but you already should start to like Robin
Because Jonas and Robin will play doubles together in Båstad

In that case I will, of course, also support Robin, because I soooooo want Jonas to win the doubles in his last Båstad tournament
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Birte I told you few weeks ago I started to like him in Hamburg
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ATP PLAYER NEWS

June 23, 2008
Former World No. 4 Bjorkman to Retire This Season

Jonas Bjorkman today announced that, at the age of 36, he is to retire from the ATP circuit this season.

The popular Swede will contest Wimbledon for the final time, beginning against Arnaud Clement in the singles first round on Tuesday, and also hopes to compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing, with his final schedule not yet determined.

Bjorkman has enjoyed a glittering career in both singles and doubles. On November 3, 1997 he reached a career high of No. 4 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, that same year winning three ATP titles, including the Stockholm title (d. Siemerink) in front of his home crowd, which he cites as one of his greatest memories.

Bjorkman’s career has spanned 17 years and some of his finest moments have come in recent years. At the age of 34, the right-hander reached the 2006 Wimbledon semifinals, where he fell to World No. 1 Roger Federer, who went on to claim his fourth title at the All England Club.

In doubles, Bjorkman has enjoyed huge success, highlighted by reaching the No. 1 spot in the Stanford ATP Doubles Rankings on July, 9 2001 and capturing nine Grand Slam doubles titles, including three successive titles at Wimbledon (2002-04 w/Woodbridge), where he will partner Kevin Ullyett in his final appearance this season.

Jonas Bjorkman (l) and Todd Woodbridge, 2003 Wimbledon Doubles ChampionsAs Sweden’s longest serving Davis Cup representative, Bjorkman had the honor of winning the coveted title three times in 1994 against Russia, in 1997 against the USA and in 1998, defeating Italy in the final.

On announcing his retirement, Bjorkman had the following message for tennis fans worldwide:

Dear Tennis Friend,

I’ve been reflecting on my professional career and I have decided that this will be my last Wimbledon. At the age of 36 I now feel it is time to begin the next chapter of my life, being at home with my family and pursuing other interests.

I am very proud with what I have achieved as a professional tennis player, and I want to express a very warm and special “thank you” to all of you that have supported me through the years, all of you that I have been working with, and all of you that have contributed in making my dreams come true.

Winning Davis Cup, reaching number 4 in the world in singles, number 1 in doubles, earning nine career Grand Slam doubles titles, playing the Jonas Bjorkman (l), 1997 Davis Cup Champion with SwedenWimbledon semi final at the age of 34, and, last but not least, winning the Stockholm Open in front of my home crowd are just some of my finest memories.

I have been blessed with a long and successful career and I look forward to another great experience here at Wimbledon, for my last time as a competitor. I also look forward to the rest of my 2008 season, which hopefully will include the Olympic Games in Beijing. It would be the most incredible way to finish my career if I could win a medal for Sweden.

It has been a fantastic journey starting with my first satellites in 1990 and my debut on the ATP Tour in 1993, a journey that has given me unforgettable moments, great victories, amazing experiences, so much knowledge and wonderful friendships on and off the court. I will treasure this all my life.

It is with great joy that I look forward to the next phase of my life, including packing my children’s school bags rather than my own tennis bags…

All the best,
Jonas Bjorkman
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