Thomas Johansson

Thomas Johansson
Thomas Johansson
Thomas Johansson
Country (sports) Sweden
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1975-03-24) 24 March 1975 (age 43)
Linköping, Sweden
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1994
Retired12 June 2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$7,168,029
Singles
Career record357–296
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 7 (10 May 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (2002)
French Open2R (1996, 2000, 2002, 2005)
WimbledonSF (2005)
US OpenQF (1998, 2000)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2002)
Olympic Games2R (2008)
Doubles
Career record76–98
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 51 (17 July 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2008)
French Open2R (2006)
Wimbledon3R (2007)
US Open3R (2005)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesF (2008)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1998)
Coaching career (2017–present)

Karl Thomas Conny Johansson (pronounced [ˈtʊmːas ²juːanˌsɔn]; born 24 March 1975), commonly known as Thomas Johansson, is a retired professional tennis player from Sweden. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 7 singles ranking on May 10, 2002. His career highlights in singles include a Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2002, and an ATP Masters Series title at the 1999 Canada Masters. He also won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in men's doubles, partnering Simon Aspelin.

To this day, Johansson remains the last man from Sweden to win a Grand Slam in singles.

Tennis career

Juniors

Johansson began to play tennis at age five with his father, Krister. In 1989, became European 14s singles champion and won doubles title (with Magnus Norman). Even when he injured his right elbow while playing the Orange Bowl tennis championships 16s in 1991, he still reached the final, losing to Spain's Gonzalo Corrales. He finished No. 10 in the 1993 world junior rankings.

Professional career

That same year he joined the pro tour for the first time, and turned pro the following year. He has managed to win 9 top-level singles titles and 1 doubles title, including the 1999 Canada Masters, defeating world No. 4 Yevgeny Kafelnikov from a set down, and the 2002 Australian Open, which he unexpectedly won (while having never progressed beyond the quarterfinals of any of his 24 previous Grand Slams) after defeating Jacobo Díaz, Markus Hipfl, Younes El Aynaoui, Adrian Voinea, Jonas Björkman and Jiří Novák before defeating his heavily favored opponent in the final, Marat Safin, in four sets, again from a set down. Johansson became the first Swedish player to win a Slam since Stefan Edberg won the 1992 US Open title, and the first Swede to claim the Australian Open since his idol Mats Wilander in 1988.

A knee injury robbed Johansson of the latter half of the 2002 season and all of 2003, and Johansson was therefore unable to compete until the start of 2004. Many people weren't sure if Johansson will be able to compete again because of the seriousness of the injury. In 2005, he made a comeback to become the first Swedish player to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon since Edberg in 1993, and only dropped a set en route, losing to 2nd seed Andy Roddick in a tightly contested four set match that lasted a minute under 3 hours, 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 6–7(8–10), 6–7(5–7). Near the end of the season, Johansson won his 9th, and until now, last ATP tour title in St. Petersburg, defeating Nicolas Kiefer in straight sets.

In 2006, the Swede struggled through the season after suffering an eye injury early in the season. The highlights of the season were a 4th round at the Australian Open (where he lost to Ivan Ljubičić), his first doubles title in Båstad, Sweden with countryman Jonas Björkman, and a final in St. Petersburg (lost to Mario Ančić), where he was the defending champion.

At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics he reached the doubles final with Simon Aspelin, where he lost against the Swiss team of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in 4 sets.

As of 6 March 2009, he has an 18–15 career Davis Cup record (17–12 in singles) in 17 ties, having played for Sweden every year other than 2003 (when he was out of action for the entire season) since 1998, and a 356–292 career overall.

He announced his retirement in June 2009 after a 16-year career.

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