Jonas Björkman

Jonas Björkman US Open 08.jpg
2x ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (Murray)

Jonas Lars Björkman (Swedish pronunciation: ; born 23 March 1972 in Alvesta, Sweden) is a former World No. 4 Swedish professional tennis player. He is also a former World No. 1 in doubles. Björkman retired from professional tennis after competing at the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup Doubles championships. As of the end of 2017, he still ranked 28th on the all-time ATP prize money list with over 14 million dollars.

On 20 November 2006, he replaced Dick Norman as the oldest player in the ATP Top 100 (singles) when Norman dropped out of the Top 100 for the last time. On 9 June 2008, aged 36 years and 2 months, Björkman was himself succeeded in this honor by Fabrice Santoro after dropping out of the Top 100 in his turn. More recently, Ivo Karlovic has been the oldest player in the top 100 at 38 years and 9 months. Jimmy Connors still holds the record at 40 years and 5 months.

Björkman has had long-term successful doubles partnerships with Jan Apell, Jacco Eltingh, Nicklas Kulti, Max Mirnyi, Patrick Rafter, Kevin Ullyett, and Todd Woodbridge. He has won the career Grand Slam in men's doubles, holding a total of 9 major championships. In March 2015 he joined Andy Murray's coaching team.

The son of tennis coach and mailman Lars Björkman, Jonas began playing tennis at the age of six. At 18, he won the Swedish Junior Championship and was among the top 5 junior Swede players. He married Petra on 2 December 2000 in Stockholm and has a son, Max (born 15 January 2003). He plays right-handed and has a particularly good record against left-handed players. He claims it's because his father plays left-handed.

He turned professional in 1991. In 1993, he won three Challenger singles titles. In 1994, he won seven titles in doubles including the 1994 ATP Tour World Championships in Jakarta. In 1995, he reached his first career ATP singles final in Hong Kong. In 1997, he became the 9th ever Swedish tennis player to finish in ATP top 10 at no. 4. He advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open, defeating Francisco Clavet, Todd Martin, Gustavo Kuerten, Scott Draper and Petr Korda before losing to Greg Rusedski. At the 1998 Australian Open, he won his first career doubles Grand Slam title. 2000 saw him finishing in the singles top 50 for the fifth time in seven years.

This page was last edited on 12 February 2018, at 20:53.
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