by Mattias Friberg
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg and Anders Jarryd during an exhibition in Båstad in 2010
Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Jonas Bjorkman and five other Swedish legends. The Swedish Open gets spiced up with a special doubles tournament.
In recent years the Swedish Open has offered evening tennis, a tournament called Sunset-tennis, but this year there will be no that kind of evenings.
"It's a little too risky with the weather, so we are supposed to have a legends tournament, instead", says tournament director Thomas Wallen.
On Monday and Tuesday in the men's tournament, the opening tennis week, a doubles legends legentournament will take place starting at 16.
"We've been working on it in the spring. We thought that since Monday and Tuesday are not large audience days and we do not have any Swedish men stars in singles, we would present some legends, instead", says Wallen.
And it is full of Grand Slam titles and Davis Cup exploits in the legends tournament field. The four teams are: Thomas Johansson/Mats Wilander, Anders Järryd/Stefan Edberg, Jonas Bjorkman/Joakim Nystrom and Mikael Pernfors/Simon Aspelin.
"There will be fun. There are even teams, so they will probably be close matches", says Wallen.
Two semi-finals are played on Monday while the final and the third place match will be played on Tuesday.
Sisters Serena and Venus Williams are ready for the women's tournament in Båstad. But on Thursday the sisters had to pull out of the doubles event at the French Open because Venus has a back injury.
"She's going home to rest before Wimbledon. I hope there will be no danger", says Wallen who is on site in Paris.
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