Anyone remember Kent Carlsson?

He was a Swedish player who played in the 80s - a part of the post-Borg Swedish tennis boom generation that included Edberg, Wilander, Jarryd, Nystrom, among others. His career was beset by injuries and he played almost his entire career on clay because of those injuries. Reached a career high No. 6.

Anyway, when I was a kid, my tennis-playing friends and I really thought his super spinny, loopy game was the most extreme thing ever. His forehand grip was undoubtedly extreme, but the ball arch and flight and spin doesn't look so "extreme" looking back - even by that era's standards - other players played a lot of loopy high balls as well (like Pernfors, Sabatini, Martinez).

Just a blast from the past that I wanted to share.

 

atatu

Hall of Fame
What I remember is that he used to hit on the same side of the racket ? Does that sound right....Also he used the Prince Boron.
 
What I remember is that he used to hit on the same side of the racket ? Does that sound right....Also he used the Prince Boron.
Yep, he played with the boron. And, that might be true - his grip was so far underneath that he used the same side of the racquet for forehand and backhand. But, looking at the video, I'm not sure - often looks like he's using opposite sides. He even backhand sliced a ball. Lol.
 
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Here's a good thread on him from 2007(lots of good threads if you use search function)

https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/kent-carlsson-the-ultimate-supernova.159970/

@bluetrain4 you posted a lot in that thread. There used to be a lot more knowledgeable posters then, who actually followed the game in the 80s(not so many around anymore)

Some funny comments in there, with many being pretty confident Nadal with his bum knees wouldn't have great results past 25( can't blame them, circa 2007, hardly anyone was playing great tennis at 30)
 
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jean pierre

Professional
Typical clay-courter. Great topspin. Wen to the net only to shake hands. Often injured. I think he was in the top 10. I remember he beated the "old" Vilas in Monte-Carlo in 1987 : very very long game ...!!
 

ron schaap

Professional
Typical clay-courter. Great topspin. Wen to the net only to shake hands. Often injured. I think he was in the top 10. I remember he beated the "old" Vilas in Monte-Carlo in 1987 : very very long game ...!!
Even among Swedish players he was the most wall like. Didnt understand his knee injuries, but maybe he was born with knee problems?
 

TnsGuru

Professional
Only thing I remember about him is that he had a chronic knee issue and wore a large knee brace and had to retire from the game beause of it. I remember reading about him in tennis magazine late 80's issue and it showecased that funky FH stroke and his extreme grip. Beyond western.
 
Key West Citizen (Newspaper) - August 2, 1987, Key West, Florida

... Emilio Sanchez and Kent Carlsson of Sweden, who meet in the Davis Cup semifinals Oct. 2-4, have been exchanging verbal volleys. “Sanchez is the worst person I know,” Carlsson told Swedish daily Aftonbladet “(John) McEnroe doesn’t mean to disturb you. He is just angry with himself, but Sanchez, there is no one like him. He behaves like an unsportsmanlike pig.” Sanchez, who could face Carlsson in the final of the $175,000 Swedish Open this weekend, was less harsh. “I dislike that he tries to hit winners on the warming up and the way he shakes his fist when he wins a point," he said. “We used to be good friends, but we are both fighters who hate to lose and we are temperamental.”

The 1988 Kithbühel Final between them was fiery.

Carlsson def. Sánchez 6-1, 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 https://www.atptour.com/en/players/kent-carlsson/c019/player-activity?year=1988&tournament=319
 
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