Stockholm Open, Tournament Heritage – An article by the ATP
Stockholm: Where Tennis Royalty Has Found Regular Success
In connection to the planned tournament week last week, ATP released an article about the Stockholm Open with 5 interesting anecdotes about the tournament through the ages. Read the summary here, or the entire article on ATP's website - link at the end of the article.
Alongside the Nordea Open in Båstad, the Stockholm Open is one of two Swedish ATP Tour events. The ATP 250, first held in 1969, would have been played this week (17-25 October) if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. ATPTour.com looks at five things to know about the tournament.
1) Tennis Royalty In Stockholm
The Stockholm Open has welcomed the biggest stars in the sport to the Kungl. Tennishallen (Royal Tennis Hall) since its inaugural edition in 1969. Seven former World No. 1s have lifted the trophy at the two-time ATP 250 Tournament of the Year, including John McEnroe and Boris Becker.
2) Swedish Success
Swedish players have enjoyed consistent success in Stockholm. Home players have won 10 editions of the singles event and nine versions of the doubles tournament. Björn Borg (1980), Mats Wilander (1983), Stefan Edberg (1986-87), Thomas Enqvist (1995-96, ’99), Jonas Björkman (1997) and Thomas Johansson (2000, ’04) have all lifted the trophy in the Swedish capital. The most recent home doubles champions were Elias Ymer and Mikael Ymer in 2016.
3) Borg, McEnroe Collide
Björn Borg and John McEnroe only met on 14 occasions throughout their careers, but two of those matches were held in Stockholm. They contested the first match of their ATP Head2Head rivalry in the 1978 semi-finals, with McEnroe earning a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
4) Federer’s 2010 Run
Ten years after making his tournament debut in 2000, Roger Federer returned to Sweden in 2010 to capture the Stockholm crown. The Swiss earned wins against Taylor Dent, Stan Wawrinka and future coach Ivan Ljubicic to reach the championship match. With a final victory against Florian Mayer, Federer equalled Pete Sampras’ mark of 64 tour-level titles.
5) Creating New Stars
The honour roll in Stockholm is packed with past legends of the game, but it also features two of the brightest talents on the ATP Tour. Stefanos Tsitsipas (2018) and Denis Shapovalov (2019) both claimed their maiden ATP Tour trophies at the event and have since cracked the Top 10 in the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time