View Full Version : What happened to the swedish claycourters?

02-12-2006, 02:10 PM
After watching the Davis Cup SWE-ARG I was wondering what happened to the swedish clay court specialists. Borg, Wilander, Nystroem, Jarryd, etc, all Swedish. Today there's no swede can play on clay. They are all fast coutr players. Why is this? Was there any change in the swedish academyl?

02-12-2006, 04:11 PM
That's a good point. I don't have the answer and what's disturbing is that, unlike the U.S., Sweden has plenty of clay courts for the juniors to grow up practicing on.

Perhaps because the recent generation of top Swedes - Bjokman, ToJo, Enqvist, Magnus Norman, etc. mainly had their success on grass and hard courts the clay isn't emphaized as much.

02-13-2006, 07:48 AM
Good topic, Norman was a a great clay courter, the last one, finalist in French! Magnus Larsson did pretty well on clay as well, semi in French, he was my favourite.

Yeah, what has happened? I think overall Swedish tennis has dropped, the interest isn't the same and kids are having other interests but there is also another aspect. IMO the reason is that we in Sweden nowadays start too play indoors way too early after the summer. In late August and September the weather is still pretty good to play outdoors but because tournaments and team matches organised by the Swedish tennis federation start so early in the fall people want to play indoors to prepare. That is not how it used to be and that is a shame.

Yes that is correct, there are several clay courts in Sweden, we should use them during a longer session.