I just wanted to send some quick kudos to Jonas Bjorkman on winning his 700th doubles match (and taking the title, too, with Kevin Ullyett) in Stockholm over the weekend.
Bjorkman's packing it up after this season, and he's leaving as one of the greatest doubles players of all time. He's won Slams everywhere and picked up numerous titles elsewhere as well. His singles career has been kind of overlooked lately, but he's a two-time Slam semifinalist and has gotten as high as number four in the world, which is definitely nothing to sneeze at.
The first men's pro match I saw live was with him at the U.S. Open playing Patrick Rafter in the quarters back in 1998. Rafter was handling him pretty handily, then the crowd started getting behind Bjorkman, who managed to make it tight at the end—but it wasn't enough. He was a good sport throughout, even with the rowdy New York crowd mispronouncing his first name by saying the silent "J."
And, of course, before Novak Djokovic, there was Bjorkman doing impersonations. You can catch him imitating some old-school players here .
Anyway, Jonas, best of luck the rest of the year, and in the future, too. I'm sure we'll still be seeing you around!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.