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A detour: Tennis

2011-02-13 Sunday
As probably an exception we will leave the world of serious matters, and for a moment look into the circus of sports. Namely tennis.

Once upon a time Sweden was a superpower in this game. Björn Borg is of course rather well known, but after him came an army of followers who crowded the courts around the world. I believe Sweden once had 18 players or something like that in a Grand Slam draw. And I myself remember a big tournament where three of the four semifinalists were fellow countrymen. But that’s history.

Today we only have Robin Söderling. The next guy in line is an Australian ranked 200 something who happened to have dual citizenship and choose Sweden the other year. (Thus minimizing the competition he would meet to reach a Davis Cup team.)

The reason to dwell on tennis today is that Robin just won the 500 ATP-point tournament in Rotterdam, defeating Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the final and winning tons of money. Robin has a decent serve which usually, together with a bomber forehand, takes him a long way into the tournaments. Ever since he ground down Rafael Nadal in the epic Roland Garros match in 2009, he has steadily improved his other strokes. With today’s victory he managed to defend his world number four position in the rankings.

One good thing with a deep love for tennis is that you can combine watching the game on television or computer with ironing shirts and such stuff. But enough with that! Tomorrow I will probably be back in the real world, i.e. after reading what the New York Times Internet edition has to say about Robins victory.