Maccas Legends with Enqvist

Had a few really special and for me unusual days here in Melbourne. Never thought i was gonna get a chance to get back on those courts again playing. I had a great time. A little bit rusty and didn’t know what to expect in our first game but after a while it got better. Thanks to Tennis Australia for the invitation to the Maccas Legends and thanks Thomas Enqvist for playing with me. It was always so much fun playing with you on tour and also this time!

  
A lot of things written in media last days about corruption in tennis. Tennis is acting strongly and fast. Seems like our sport have a very good and strong governing body right now and thats very good. Our sport has such great values created in the history of the game. Values like fair play, respect and fighting spirit has been created by all ex players. In my humble opinion our sport needs to be careful and respect the brand that tennis has build over the years. The sponsors of our sport wants to be associated with this brand. Our fans buy tickets for these values. Its great to see our sport act so strongly against these accusations.

Have a nice day everyone and enjoy the semifinals from Australia!!

 

4th round in Melbourne

Monday and start of the second week in the first Grand Slam of the year. Stan was up against Milos Roanic. A very tough opponent with Good confidence as he also won Brisbane a few weeks back beating Federer in the final. We had a good hit this morning with Thomas Enqvist. Milos came out and played really well the first 2 sets before Stan started a nice comeback winning the following 2 sets. Felt good going in to the fifth set but it was not to be today. Proud of the fighting spirit however. We gave all we had in the tank this week. Hats off to Milos and his team for a great match.  Respect.  

Still happy with the start to this year. Already won a tournament and playing good tennis. Next tournament Marseille for our team. Cant wait to be back. 

*** I will stick around a few more days for the legends doubles before heading back home. Nice to spend some time with my former playing collegues. 

Have a nice week you all!

 

Rain in Melbourne

I love Melbourne. When i get asked the question “What is your favourite stop on the tennis year”? My response would often be Melbourne or New York. Love Melbourne for its architecture,its active way of outside living,the many small cafes and restaurants and so much more. Normally its really really hot for the Australian Open but this year its been raining quite a lot. As far as the tennis concerned we are ok as the Australian Open have 3 courts with roof on,amazing really. We know that the weather could change quickly here so lets see what the next days will bring.

Stan had a good day in the office on saturday beating Rosol in 3 sets on Rod Laver arena. Stans 400th win on the professional tour. Very happy to be in the forth round here and a great start to the year. 

*** 6-7 pages in every newspaper about the “summer of tennis” in Australia. Love it! 

*** If im trying to find something not so good (had to try hard) about the Australian Open and Melbourne Park it would be the fact that there are cameras everywhere also inside in the players areas. Big brother warning.

*** Peter Carlsson is in South America on ITF tournaments with a group of players from Good to Great Tennis Academy. The Swedish players are part of Team Catella. Catella fund management has been part of Swedish Tennis for so many years. Love their long term commitments even when things has not been going so well. Its easy to shine when things go well but to support also in tough times is what i call a real partner! 

Hope your weekend is great and relaxing in many ways!

 

Stan in straight set

Great match by Stan tonight out on Hisense arena. He lost serve in the third set but managed to break again straight and served it out for a straight set win vs R Stepanek. Happy with the performance. Next up is always dangerous L Rosol. Looking forward to a day off tomorrow with some light training.

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Former world number one L Hewitt played his last match tonight at home in Melbourne. What a great night to end your career in front of a sold out home crowd. Not all players or athletes can have that opportunity. I played against Lleyton a few times and one thing was for sure when you were up against him, you were up for a real fight, it was gonna be intense and it was gonna hurt.

Hewitt

*** Great to have captain Seve sitting next to me today again for the match.

*** Build up for the Zurich marathon has started. No long runs yet but building km slowly

*** Happy to hear the results from Team Catella in South America. The coaches at Good to Great Tennis Academy doing an amazing job for Swedish Tennis

Have a great day everyone!

 

What an attitude!

Nice to get that first round out of the way even if it was not the way we wanted it to be in the end. Never happy when an opponent is injured. I’ve personally had enough injuries myself throughout my career and I know how hard it is both physically and mentally. Wish D Tursunov a speedy recovery.  

 
*** What a match from Verdasco! Wow! But still amazed by the level of Nadal and how good you have to play to beat him. People talk about him like he is done and he is number 5 in the world!!?? Amazing level and attitude to his sport

*** Johanna won first round. Well done!!

 

St Kilda beach run

If you visit Melbourne you might wanna try out the St Kilda area for a nice workout. St Kilda is the most famous beach in Melbourne. Not very far off downtown. There are off course different roads going down to St Kilda beach depending on where you are staying. You can choose to take the local tram or just run down to the beach. As we are staying in the city most of the times we are in Melbourne (close to Melbourne park) i ran St Kilda road down towards St Kilda beach. Right after the Albert reserve teniscourts on your right (from the city going down to the beach) i sort of ran across the grass fields at Albert Park and found my way down to St Kilda beach.

There is a great running track along the beach on Beaconsfield parade in St Kilda. You will find nice shaded playgrounds for kids. Check out the Sandbar beach cafe right on the beach.

 There is also a really nice place to get a coffee or refreshing juice at the South Melbourne Life saving club on your way down towards Port of Melbourne.

  When you reach Port Melbourne there is a tramline running back to the city with a beautiful running/bicyclepath along the way connecting St Kilda beach with the city.

    

 Have a nice day everyone!

 

Zürich marathon

My 1st personal health goal 2016 will be the Zürich Marathon the 24 april. Starting the training slowly right now. One thing that i take with me from my last one in Oslo is that i will try to make 2-3 runs over 30 km this time. Easier said then done but thats my goal. Anyone out there who has been running Zürich or is running this year perhaps?

 

The day before Grand Slam

Sunday morning practise in Melbourne. The day before the start of a Grand Slam. Tapering time. Was hitting on the Margereth Court Arena today. Beautiful and the roof is also finnished this year. We gonna see some epic battles here over the years im sure.  

*** 3 courts with night session here. Amazing!!

*** Daniel Brands qualified. Happy for him and his Coach Luca

*** Weather supposed to be warm for the start of the tournament 

 

 

Saturday morning

Nice run along the Yarra River this morning with fitness coach Allistar McCaw. Great and healthy way to start the weekend.  

*** Surprised to hear that Mikael Ymer got sacked from the Swedish Olympic program. He is a very nice young man that always brings his best.

*** Supposed to be warm again next week here. 36-37 degrees.

*** Happy for my friend Johan that is in the final in Sydney with Grigor Dimitrov

*** Daniel Brands playing last round of Q here in Melbourne today with coach Luca

Have a nice weekend you all!!
 

 

Tips to Australian Open

If you are a tennisfan you really have to visit the Australian Open at least one time in your life. What makes Australia unique in january for us Europeans is obviously the weather but there are so much more to this Grand Slam then just the amazing weather.

The continued improvements

Australian Open is really the Grand Slam for the fans. Every year i see different upgrades to the event for the fans. It can be bigger outside courts with more seating for the spectators, it can be more shade for the crowds, a new bar, free entrance to a big arena and so on. Melbourne Park, the name of the venue, is really sizzling this time of the year.

Location

What makes the Australian Open unique in comparison to the other Grand Slams is also the location. It is walking distance from downtown Melbourne. A walk that is not only short but so sweet along the Yarra river as well. Stop for a coffee along the way or eat in any of the amazing restaurants in the city. There are numerous hotels in the city.

Favourite run

Australians are really active people. They love to exercise. One of my favourite runs is for sure along the Yarra river. You cant miss that when in Melbourne. You can start basically anywhere and run on both sides all the way from the city down to Kooyong (where they use to play the Australian Open in the past) if you are doing a long run. Watch out for bikes as there are many people that commute via bike from the suburbs in to the city. You will have big bike paths running in both directions on both sides of the river but make sure to stay alert anyway in corners or when running under bridges with limited visibility. Remember the left side traffic in Australia, that goes also for the bike paths. A really nice bonus is to watch all the rowers training in the Yarra river.

Another really good one with more hills is to run in the Royal Botanic Garden. Its on the opposite side of the Melbourne Park right in the city. You will have a lot of good runners doing speed training here along Alexandra avenue. The hill going up Anderson St from Alexandra Av is steep and will get your heart rate up.

Nice area outside downtown

A really nice area in Melbourne is South Yarra. I use to live there when i was playing. In the city you will find more high-rises but here on the other hand there is smaller buildings with cosy shops, restaurants and cafes. Walk along Chapel street and Toorak road. You will get a european feel here. The area is still only a 10 min drive from Melbourne park.

*** Happy about the win by Daniel Brands today

*** Bad luck Elias Ymer in the qualies

*** Rebecca Peterson from Team Catella in first round Q tomorrow. Good luck to her and coach Mart

Have a nice day and make that trip to Melbourne if you get the chance:)