Anders Jarryd and Stefan Edberg celebrate their doubles victory against John McEnroe and Peter Fleming that gave Sweden the 1984 Davis Cup title
Thirty-seven thousand people a year come to the Stockholm Sports Museum to see, in a glass case, Borg's Donnay racquet from 1980, the year of the Wimbledon tie-break against McEnroe. But the true temple of memories is in the Kristineberg Tennishall which Lundqvist wanted. A romantic wooden block in a neighborhood that has grown with claims. Residents are calling for dismantling it. They say it spoils the view of the Mälaren.
Seven tennis courts, all indoors. Like elk heads, from the left wall hang racquets belonged to Borg, including one with which he used to hit balls against the wall as a child. The black and white shots by Jacob Fossell. The printing of the '62 match with the Italians.
Christer Lundberg, one of the owners, plays with Borg three hours a week. Sandwiches, coffee, a small shop in which he sells the new shorts of Björn's clothing line.
Here three thousand people a week play. "But only veterans, those born in the champions era. And Björn likes this reserved atmosphere. He passes, stops, exchanges some words. The few young people who come often run away without even taking a shower, ignoring that you become a good player one hour before and one hour after the workout, sharing passion and dreams. If Sweden wants hungry ones, they will need to catch them in the working class, among immigrants, but someone will have to start them, because now Academies are private, chasing money, and the real money is no longer in Sweden."
- CHRISTER LUNDBERG
The Good to Great Tennis in the area of Mjölnarvägen is among the most celebrated in the world. Here grows a new generation of good coaches. Magnus Norman led Swiss Wawrinka to two Major wins. Tillström coaches Frenchman Monfils. Thomas Johansson states that "the Federation should have their own academy," invokes a new welfare for sports. "Tennis was everywhere, it can not return to be a sport for wealthy people. It disappeared from schools and public television. At the tournament in Jönköping I came across boys who had never seen a tennis racquet. We can not break through in the suburbs. I dreamed to have a photo with Wilander, today they dream of Ibrahimovic."
The sons of immigrants play soccer, as Ssewankambo, Konate and Tankovic, who led the national youth to the title of European champions. Tennis hopes lay on the shoulders of Elias Ymer, son of Ethiopians, 120th in the world but already twenty years old, and on those of his younger brothers Mikael and Rafael. Dad Wondwosen ran, his mother is a doctor. Immigrants and bourgeois. But a family is not a movement.
Bjorkman smiles: "It will be tough, yet we will return." Rosberg says it will take years "not to have one of the top 10, but two in the top 100." He smiles as well. But worried. Who knows where the next Borg is. Anywhere, not in Sweden.
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