Thomas Johansson

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Thomas Johansson
Thomas JohanssonandSimon Aspelin.jpg
Thomas Johansson and Simon Aspelin
Country  Sweden
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1975-03-24) 24 March 1975 (age 39)
Linköping, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1993
Retired 12 June 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $7,168,029
Singles
Career record 357–296
Career titles 9
Highest ranking No. 7 (10 May 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (2002)
French Open 2R (1996, 2000, 2002, 2005)
Wimbledon SF (2005)
US Open QF (1998, 2000)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (2002)
Olympic Games 2R (2008)
Doubles
Career record 76–98
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 51 (17 July 2006)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Silver medal.svg Silver Medal (2008)
Last updated on: 22 September 2012.
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Men's Tennis
Silver 2008 Beijing Doubles

Karl Thomas Conny Johansson (born 24 March 1975), commonly known as Thomas Johansson, is a former Swedish tennis grand slam champion. He won the 2002 Australian Open and was an Olympic Silver medalist in doubles.

Career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

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 Orange Bowl 16s in 1991, he reached the final, losing to Spain's Gonzalo Corrales. He finished No. 10 in the 1993 world junior rankings.

Senior career[edit]

That same year he joined the pro tour for the first time. He has managed to win 9 top-level singles titles and 1 doubles title, including the 1999 Canada Masters (df. Yevgeny Kafelnikov) and the 2002 Australian Open Grand Slam championship, which he unexpectedly won (on his 25th attempt at winning a Grand Slam title) after defeating his heavily favored opponent, Marat Safin, in four sets, 3–6 6–4 6–4 7–6. Johansson became the first Swedish player to win a Slam since Stefan Edberg won the 1992 U.S. Open title, and the first Swede to claim the Australian since Mats Wilander in 1988.

Johansson later reached his career-high ranking of World No. 7 in June 2002 and finished the season with a career-best year-end ranking of 14th in the ATP Champions Race, a feat he later repeated in 2005.

A knee injury robbed Johansson of the latter half of the 2002 season and all of 2003, and Johansson was therefore unable to compete on the tour full-time until 2004. In 2005, he became the first Swedish player to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon since Stefan Edberg in 1993, losing to Andy Roddick in a tightly contested four set match, 7–6, 2–6, 6–7, 6–7. At the end of the season, Johansson won his 9th, and until now, last ATP tournament in St. Petersburg, defeating Nicolas Kiefer 6–4, 6–2.

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.

As of 6 March 2009, he has an 18–15 career Davis Cup record (17–12 in singles) in 17 ties, and an 356–292 career overall. He is sponsored by Dunlop Sport for racquets and apparel, and adidas for shoes. He uses a heavily modified Dunlop Pro Revelation racquet 'paintjobbed' to look like the current Dunlop 4D Aerogel 500 racquet.

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

Personal[edit]

His idol while growing up was Mats Wilander, who is captain of Swedish Davis Cup team. He is a fan of popular culture, reading books by Swedish author Henning Mankell, National Geographic magazine and watching TV show Friends (he owns almost every episode on DVD). His favorite actors are Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Johansson is a fan of U2, Depeche Mode and Swedish band Kent, and is a keen player of golf and floorball. Johansson is a fan of ice hockey, frequently watching Linköpings HC and Djurgårdens IF. He scored two goals and assisted on another in 6–5 win by ATP Stars over NHL Players in annual street hockey challenge in Montreal in 2001. Johansson married Gisella Kaltencher on 3 December 2005.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Wins (1)
Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
2002 Australian Open Hard Russia Marat Safin 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)

ATP Masters Series finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Wins (1)
Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1999 Montréal Hard Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1–6, 6–3, 6–3

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 14 (9–5)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (1–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (1–0)
ATP Tour (7–5)
Titles by surface
Hard (4–2)
Grass (2–1)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (3–2)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 10 March 1997 Copenhagen, Denmark Carpet (i) Czech Republic Martin Damm 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 2. 17 March 1997 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) Italy Renzo Furlan 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 2 March 1998 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) Netherlands Jan Siemerink 6–7(2–7), 2–6
Runner-up 2. 9 November 1998 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Todd Martin 3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 2 August 1999 Montreal, Canada Hard Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 4. 20 November 2000 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–2, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. 11 June 2001 Halle, Germany Grass France Fabrice Santoro 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
Winner 6. 18 June 2001 Nottingham, UK Grass Israel Harel Levy 7–5, 6–3
Winner 7. 14 January 2002 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Russia Marat Safin 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 3. 14 June 2004 Nottingham, UK Grass Thailand Paradorn Srichaphan 6–1, 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner 8. 25 October 2004 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Andre Agassi 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 9. 24 October 2005 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) Germany Nicolas Kiefer 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 23 October 2006 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) Croatia Mario Ančić 5–7, 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 5. 8 October 2007 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Croatia Ivo Karlović 3–6, 6–3, 1–6

Doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Wins (1)
Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0)
Grass (0)
Clay (3)
Carpet (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
1. 16 July 2006 Båstad, Sweden Clay Sweden Jonas Björkman Germany Christopher Kas
Austria Oliver Marach
6–3, 4–6, [10–4]
Runner-ups (1)
Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
Olympics Silver (1)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Titles by surface
Hard (2)
Grass (0)
Clay (0)
Carpet (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
1. 17 August 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, China Hard Sweden Simon Aspelin Switzerland Roger Federer
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
3–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Davis Cup matches are included in the statistics.

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 3R W A 1R 4R 4R 2R 1R A 1 / 13 19–12
French Open A A 1R 2R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 2R A A 2R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 11 4–11
Wimbledon A A A 4R 2R 3R 2R 4R 2R 1R A 3R SF 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 12 19–12
US Open A A A 2R 1R QF A QF 4R A A 3R 2R 1R 3R 1R A 0 / 10 17–10
Grand Slam win–loss 0–0 0–1 0–1 6–4 2–4 6–4 1–2 9–4 6–4 8–2 0–0 4–3 10–4 3–4 3–4 1–4 0–0 1 / 46 59-45
Year-End Championships
Tennis Masters Cup A A A A A A A A A RR A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A A 2R 2R 2R 1R A 2R 2R A 3R 2R A 0 / 8 7–8
Miami A A A A A A 2R 1R 4R 4R A 1R QF A 2R 3R Q1 0 / 8 10–8
Monte Carlo A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF A A 1R A 1R A A 0 / 8 3–8
Madrid1 A A A A A A 1R 1R QF 2R A A 1R 1R A A A 0 / 6 4–6
Rome A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 2R 2R A A A 0 / 8 3–8
Toronto / Montreal A A A A A A W 2R 2R 2R A SF 2R 3R A 2R A 1 / 8 17–7
Cincinnati A A A A 2R QF 1R 1R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 1R A 1R A 0 / 10 5–10
Shanghai2 A A A A 1R 3R 1R 2R 2R 3R A A 3R A A A A 0 / 7 5–7
Paris A A A A 2R 2R 1R A QF 3R A 1R 3R 2R Q2 A A 0 / 8 7–8
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–5 6–5 7–8 3–8 9–9 9–9 0–0 6–5 7–9 4–5 3–3 4–4 0–0 1 / 71 61–70
Career statistics
Finals reached 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 2 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 14
ATP Tournaments Won 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 9
Hardcourt win–loss 0–0 0–1 0–1 13–10 15–13 27–14 16–13 17–17 26–16 17–12 0–0 19–13 19–14 9–8 19–14 10–11 0–0 207–157
Clay win–loss 0–0 0–1 0–1 4–5 1–6 2–6 1–7 1–5 4–5 7–7 0–0 1–2 8–6 1–6 4–5 3–6 0–0 37–68
Grass win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 1–3 4–3 1–1 3–3 11–1 2–2 0–0 6–3 12–3 0–3 0–3 3–3 0–0 47–30
Carpet win–loss 2–1 0–0 1–1 7–4 15–5 12–8 4–4 1–1 5–3 3–3 0–0 3–3 9–2 1–1 4–2 0–0 1–1 68–39
Overall win–loss 2–1 0–2 1–3 28–21 32–27 45–31 22–25 22–26 46–25 29–24 0–0 29–21 48–25 11–18 27–24 16–20 1–1 357–296
Year-end ranking 422 486 117 60 39 17 43 39 18 14 N/A 30 14 71 62 136 601 N/A

1 This event was held in Hamburg through 2008.

2 This event was held in Stockholm through 1994, Essen in 1995, Stuttgart from 1996 through 2001 and Madrid from 2002 through 2008.

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