Sweden has had a very rich tennis history

Sweden has had a very rich tennis history. But, the game is not flourishing in the country these days.

If you have a look at the world rankings in the male’s category right now, you will not find any Swedish player in top 100. The top ranked player is at no. 190.

If you go 4-5 years back, the situation was a lot different. Sweden had a player who was not only capable of getting there in top 10, but, he was also good enough to clinch a slam and that too in the presence of the Big 4.

Yes, it was Robin Soderling. The guy was at his peak towards the end of the last decade.

If you beat Rafael Nadal on clay, you must be playing your top tennis and you must have special quality and he indeed was special, Soderling. What an exciting talent he was.

You talk to any former player and you would get to hear high praises for Soderling.

Mats Wilander was talking to a TV channel the other day and as the name of Soderling came up, he felt a little sad. Read more »

Martina Navratilova dont consider Opposite Gender to be Coach

There have been a lot of talks off late whether the male players should appoint coaches of the opposite gender or not.

Some people have not been in favour of that at all, but, Martina Navratilova, the former Czech Republic legend, has a different opinion.

According to her, it’s about the understanding between the player and the coach. If the two of them understand each other well, the partnership is going to go on for long.

There have not been too many guys in the professional circuit who have dared to take any such step in the recent times.

Andy Murray is the only one who is being guided by a female at the moment and the Scot is doing fine. Read more »

Robin Soderling Struggling with Fitness

Robin Soderling’s life has completely changed from what it was some time back. In 2011, he was a very talented player who had just started to mature and was going up pretty quickly.

Three years down the line, that same Soderling is an administrator who is in charge of the organization of the tennis tournaments in his motherland Sweden.

It’s a really, really sad story. What a start Soderling had to the 2011 season. He had become the champion in 3 out of the 4 tournaments that he had taken part in which had helped him climb the rankings. He had got himself to no. 4 in the world.

His career seemed to be taking off, but, then, a peculiar sort of sickness hit him. It did not seem to be a dangerous sickness at the start, surely not dangerous enough to destroy Soderling’s career.

Soderling even went on to lift one more trophy that season after the diagnosis of that sickness, but, as time went by, he kept getting wakened and his body did not remain in a condition for him to be able to play at the professional level.

His fans, however, remained optimistic about his comeback. He himself was optimistic too. He even attempted to start training earlier this year, but, all in vain. He quickly realized his body was not supporting him.

Recalling those days, Soderling says, “When I was fit, I used to have two rounds of practice, but, now, it’s not possible. After one round, it seems there is nothing there in the tank. My body has given me clear signs that I am done as a player.”

Soderling has shifted his focus on the other things now. Administration is one of them, while, the second is the production of balls.

Robin Soderling’s career has gone down hill since 2011

Robin Soderling’s life has completely changed from what it was some time back. In 2011, he was a very talented player who had just started to mature and was going up pretty quickly.

Three years down the line, that same Soderling is an administrator who is in charge of the organization of the tennis tournaments in his motherland Sweden.

It’s a really, really sad story. What a start Soderling had to the 2011 season. He had become the champion in 3 out of the 4 tournaments that he had taken part in which had helped him climb the rankings. He had got himself to no. 4 in the world.

His career seemed to be taking off, but, then, a peculiar sort of sickness hit him. It did not seem to be a dangerous sickness at the start, surely not dangerous enough to destroy Soderling’s career.

Soderling even went on to lift one more trophy that season after the diagnosis of that sickness, but, as time went by, he kept getting wakened and his body did not remain in a condition for him to be able to play at the professional level.

His fans, however, remained optimistic about his comeback. He himself was optimistic too. He even attempted to start training earlier this year, but, all in vain. He quickly realized his body was not supporting him.

Recalling those days, Soderling says, “When I was fit, I used to have two rounds of practice, but, now, it’s not possible. After one round, it seems there is nothing there in the tank. My body has given me clear signs that I am done as a player.”

Soderling has shifted his focus on the other things now. Administration is one of them, while, the second is the production of balls.

Wawrinka Unhappy With Reschedules

Stanislas Wawrinka is not happy with how his matches in this year’s Wimbledon Championships have been rescheduled.

Wawrinka actually had to play in the Round of 32 on Saturday, but, that match got washed off and the members of the organizing committee decided to postpone that match to Monday.

Wawrinka managed to win that match against Denis Istomin on Monday, but, now, he has to play his next match against Feliciano Lopez tomorrow itself.

If he wins that one, he will have to be ready for the quarter final match within 24 hours. Now, this is tough on any player and thus, Wawrinka’s unhappiness can be understood.

Talking to the reporters at the end of his match against Istomin, Wawrinka said, “The Grand Slam matches are never easy as they are quite lengthy. You have to have three sets in your favour to win. So, you need a bit of break after a match, at least of one day, but, according to this schedule, one out of me, John and Feliciano will be playing on three days successively. This is going to be extremely difficult.”

“I am surely a bit upset. The organizers could have been flexible. If they had rescheduled a junior match and had made me or even John and Feliciano play earlier that day, it would have been much better. But, you know as a player, it’s not possible for you to do anything about these stuffs. You are just supposed to play whenever you are told to.”

Wawrinka, who is the top ranked Swiss player in the world now ahead of Roger Federer, is eager to make a mark at All England Club this season. His performance at that particular venue in the past has not been up to the mark.

Rodriguez No Longer Part Of Li Na

Carlos Rodriguez, who has played a key role in reviving Li Na’s career in the last couple of years, is not going to be associated with the player any more. He has left his position about 1 and half years prior to the completion of his contract.

Rodriguez is also contracted to a tennis academy in China and it’s actually from there, Li had taken him on rent.

The officials of that academy had no problem with it initially, but, now, they have started feeling that Carlos has not been able to give enough time to the academy because he has to travel a lot with Li. So, they have decided to call the Argentinean back on a full time basis.

Max Eisenbud, who is the representative of quite a few tennis players including Li, gave all this info to the media yesterday.

Speaking to the media, Eisenbud said, “We had an agreement with the academy to let Carlos work with Li, but, they have told us now that they no longer can allow him to do both the jobs.”

When asked about Li’s reaction to this, he said, “Well, she is obviously not that happy. This is an awkward sort of a situation, but, you know, nothing much can be done about it.”

Rodriguez has had great record as coach over the years. He had guided Justine Henin, the Belgian female player, to as many as 7 slam trophies.

Being impressed by his work as Henin’s coach, Li had taken him on board and he helped the Chinese superstar a lot.

Some significant improvements came in Li’s game after she started working with Rodriguez. She would have liked to keep working with the Argentinean for another season or so, but, it’s not going to be the case now.