Jan Gunnarsson

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Jan Gunnarsson
Country  Sweden
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1962-05-30) 30 May 1962 (age 52)
Olofstrom, Sweden
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1979
Retired 1994
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,285,040
Singles
Career record 188–204
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 25 (9 December 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1989)
French Open 4R (1984)
Wimbledon 4R (1991)
US Open 1R (1986)
Doubles
Career record 176–176
Career titles 9
Highest ranking No. 20 (30 April 1984)

Jan Gunnarsson (born 30 May 1962 in Olofström, Blekinge County) is a former tennis player from Sweden,[1] who won one singles in Vienna in 1985 (beating Libor Pimek in the final 6–7(5), 6–2, 6–4, 1–6, 7–5) and nine doubles titles on the world tour during his professional career. In 1989 he reached the semi-finals of Australian Open where lost in straight sets to Miloslav Mečíř.

Along with Michael Mortensen he won the longest tie-break in tennis history at Wimbledon in 1985. The Swedish/Danish duo defeated John Frawley and Víctor Pecci 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(24) in the first round.

The right-hander reached his career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 25 in December 1985.

Summer 2012 Olympics Scandal[edit]

Gunnarsson was an expert commentator for the Summer 2012 Olympic Games. His position on Swedish television became controversial after he made xenophobic comments in response to negative comments made by the Swedish Culture and Sports Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth about financial support for future Swedish applications for major championships. On his Facebook page, Gunnarsson posted the comment, "There's not enough money when the state is paying welfare for 27,000 Somalis." His comment was criticized by SVT's sports editor Per Yng, and he removed the comment shortly after.[2]

Doubles titles (9)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1982 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Mark Dickson United States Sherwood Stewart
United States Ferdi Taygan
7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Winner 2. 1983 Nancy, France Hard (i) Sweden Anders Järryd United States Tim Gullikson
South Africa Bernard Mitton
4–6, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 1. 1983 Rome, Italy Clay United States Mike Leach Paraguay Francisco González
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
2–6, 7–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 1984 Nice, France Clay Denmark Michael Mortensen Chile Hans Gildemeister
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 1984 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Sweden Mats Wilander Australia Mark Edmondson
United States Sherwood Stewart
2–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 1984 Båstad, Sweden Clay Denmark Michael Mortensen Spain Juan Avendaño
Brazil Fernando Roese
6–0, 6–0
Runner-up 3. 1984 Cologne, Germany Hard (i) Sweden Joakim Nyström Poland Wojtek Fibak
United States Sandy Mayer
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 1984 Treviso, Italy Clay United States Sherwood Stewart Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
United States Tim Wilkison
2–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 1984 Toulouse, France Carpet Denmark Michael Mortensen Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
United States Tim Wilkison
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 1985 Barcelona, Spain Clay Denmark Michael Mortensen Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 1985 Cologne, Germany Hard (i) Sweden Peter Lundgren Austria Alex Antonitsch
Netherlands Michiel Schapers
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 7. 1986 Cologne, Germany Hard (i) Sweden Peter Lundgren New Zealand Kelly Evernden
United States Chip Hooper
4–6, 7–6, 3–6
Winner 6. 1986 Barcelona, Spain Clay Sweden Joakim Nyström Peru Carlos di Laura
Italy Claudio Panatta
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 1986 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd France Guy Forget
France Yannick Noah
6–7, 4–6
Winner 7. 1987 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd France Loïc Courteau
France Guy Forget
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 9. 1989 Rotterdam, Netherlands Clay Sweden Magnus Gustafsson Czechoslovakia Miloslav Mečíř
Czechoslovakia Milan Šrejber
6–7, 0–6
Winner 8. 1989 Vienna, Austria Carpet Sweden Anders Järryd United States Paul Annacone
New Zealand Kelly Evernden
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1990 Båstad, Sweden Clay West Germany Udo Riglewski Sweden Rikard Bergh
Sweden Ronnie Båthman
1–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 1991 Nice, France Clay Sweden Rikard Bergh Czechoslovakia Vojtěch Flégl
Sweden Nicklas Utgren
6–4, 4–6, 6–3

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