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Former Top 50 Star Johanna Larsson Retires From Tennis

Another familiar face on the women’s tour has hung up her racket.




Johanna Larsson (image via WTA Twitter)

Swedish tennis player Johanna Larsson has announced that she is stepping away from tennis with immediate effect at the age of 31.


Larsson, who has been ranked as high as 45th in the world back in 2016, said her passion to play at her very best was no longer there during an interview with The announcement comes after what has been a tough start to 2020 for the current world No.236. After winning three matches in qualifying at the Australian Open, she won only one game during her first round match against Paula Badosa. Then at a Fed Cup event, she lost two out of three matches played.

I’ve had these thoughts for a while, already during the Australian Open, but the real decision I made after the Fed Cup in February. Even though I was acknowledged that I was at a high level, the feeling was reinforced that I didn’t really have what it takes to play at the absolute top. I don’t want to do anything to 70-80 percent,” she commented on her decision to retire.

Whilst she never managed to break into the top 20, Larsson still managed to feature in five WTA finals during her career. Four of which were on the clay. She won her maiden title in 2015 on home territory at the Swedish Open before claiming a second trophy three years later at the Nuremberg Cup in Germany. She contested 37 grand slam main draws where she won a total of 16 matches.

Larsson’s grand slam main draw wins
-Australian Open 3
-French Open 8
-Wimbledon 0
-US Open 5

Larsson’s best achievements on the court took place in the doubles, where she was ranked as high as 20th in the world. Overall, she won 14 WTA titles on the tour. Her most successful partnership was with Kiki Bertens, whom she won nine trophies with. Together they were also runners-up at the 2017 WTA Finals. Larsson also reached the semi-finals of last year’s French Open with Kirsten Flipkens.

“I think I need some time now for it to really sink in.” Said Larsson. “Maybe it’s only in a month or two that you really understand that it’s over. Now it is nicer to have a morning sleep and not have anything planned, especially to not have to count down for days before I go out on the next trip. I can do things spontaneously with my family and friends, but it will level off and then I also think that missing and those pieces will come in.”

She was coached on the tour by Mattias Arvidsson, who also serves as the Swedish Fed Cup captain. In the team competition Larsson has achieved a total of 52 wins between 2005-2020, which is more than any other player in her country. She featured in a total of 48 ties.

“She has been a fantastic ambassador for Swedish tennis and has always given everything and never left anything to chance.” Said Arvidsson. “She has always been a role model at all levels, both in training and in competitions. It is clear that for all the younger players it was hoped that she would run for a while.”

Larsson ends her career with $4,033,736 in prize money earnings. She is currently the only Swedish female tennis player in history to win more than $3M in the sport.

Retired female tennis players in 2020

  • Caroline Wozniacki DEN
  • Maria Sharapova RUS
  • Ekaterina Makarova RUS
  • Vania King USA
  • María José Martínez Sánchez ESP
  • Carla Suarez Navarro ESP (to retire at the end of the season)
  • Johanna Larsson SWE


Daniil Medvedev ‘Happy To Play Wimbledon’ If Ban Is Lifted

The world No.2 says he is willing to speak with other players about the situation ahead of his return to action following surgery.




Daniil Medvedev (RUS) in action against Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) in the first round of the Gentlemen's Singles on No.1 Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 2 Tuesday 29/06/2021. Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Daniil Medvedev says he is still hopeful that he might be able to play at this year’s Wimbledon Championships should officials at The All England Club decide to change their stance.


At present the reigning US Open champion will not be allowed to play at the grass court major due to his nationality. Officials at the Grand Slam have confirmed that Russian and Belarussian players have been banned from the event due to the war in Ukraine. Ian Hewitt, who is the chairman of The AELTC, said the action was taken in order to prevent ‘the propaganda machine of the Russian regime’ from potentially benefiting from their players’ success.

The ban is a controversial move for the sport which until now had a united approach when it came to allowing those players participate in tournaments but only as neutral athletes. Former Wimbledon champions Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokopvic and Andy Murray have all expressed some degree of opposition to the decision. Meanwhile, the ATP and WTA are considering the possibility of removing the allocation of ranking points at the event.

Speaking about the ban ahead of this week’s Geneva Open, Medvedev acknowledges that it is a ‘tricky situation’ but is still hopeful that a u-turn could occur which would allow him to play. The 26-year-old has made four main draw appearances at Wimbledon with his best result being a run to the fourth round last year.

“There has been a lot of talk around it. I just tried to follow what’s happening because I don’t have any decisions to make. It’s right now about Wimbledon itself, the ATP, maybe the British government is involved,” news agency AFP quoted Medvedev as telling reporters in Switzerland.
“It’s a tricky situation and like every situation in life, you ask 100 players, everybody’s going to give a different opinion.
“I can play: I’m going to be happy to play in Wimbledon. I love this tournament.
“I cannot play: well, I’m going to try to play other tournaments and prepare well for next year if I have the chance to play.”

The former world No.1 has been among a group of Russian players who have previously called for peace in the region. Although none of them have gone as far as publicly condemning the actions of their government. Something which has drawn criticism from Ukraine’s Elina Svitoliva.

“I had some time to follow what is happening, yeah, it’s very upsetting,” Medvedev commented on the war.

Geneva will be the first event Medvedev has played in since reaching the quarter-finals of the Miami Open. He took time away from the Tour to undergo hernia surgery but has confirmed he intends to play at next week’s French Open despite his lack of match play on the clay.

During his time at those events, the tennis star says he is more than happy to speak with other players about the Wimbledon ban should they want to.

“Since I haven’t been on the tour, I haven’t talked to any of them face to face. It was the first time when I came here on Saturday when I can talk to players, and if they start talking about this, we can discuss,” he said.
“I don’t know exactly what’s happening, what’s going to happen, if there are going to be more decisions made.
“Same about Wimbledon. I don’t know if this decision is 100 percent, and it’s over.”

Granted a bye in the first round, Medvedev will start his Geneva campaign against either Richard Gasquet or John Millman.

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Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic win their fourth ATP Masters 1000 doubles title




Defending champions Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic battled past John Isner and Diego Schwartzman 6-2 6-7 (6-7) 12-10 to claim their fourth ATP Masters 1000 doubles title together at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 


Mektic and Pavic broke twice to win a one-sided opening set 6-2. Both teams went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break of the second set. The Croatians earned a championship point at 6-5 in the tie-break, but Schwartzman hit a pair of forehand winners to force a Match Tie-Break. 

Both teams did not convert match points before Mektic and Pavic won the final two points to seal the Match Tie-Break 11-9. 

Isner became the first player to reach three Masters 1000 doubles finals with three different players in the same year. The US player won two consecutive Sunshine Double trophies in Indian Wells with Jack Sock and the Miami Open with Hubert Hurkacz.  Mektic and Pavic won nine ATP Tour titles last year and finished the 2021 season as the world number 1 team in the ATP Doubles Rannking. They had not won a title so far in 2022 before the Rome tournament, but they showed their form this week, as they dropped just one set during the tournament. The Croatian Doubles team beat Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 6-3 7-6 (7-5) in the semifinal on Saturday.

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Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina Announces Pregnancy

Tennis’ power couple are set to become parents later this year.




Former world No.3 Elina Svitoliva has announced that she is expecting a baby girl in October on social media.


The 27-year-old made the announcement on Sunday morning with a picture of her and her husband, French tennis star Gael Monfils. Known by some as the sports ‘power couple,’ the two tied the knot last July in Geneva ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games after first going public about their relationship in 2019. They even have their own Instagram account called ‘g.e.m.s. life’ which has more than 139,000 followers.

“With a heart full of love and happiness, we are delighted to announce that we are expecting a baby girl in October,” the couple wrote on Twitter.

Svitolina hadn’t played on the Tour since losing to Heather Watson at the Miami Open in March after deciding to take time away from the sport due to events happening in her home country. Russia launched a military operation against Ukraine earlier this year which has claimed thousands of lives. Svitolina is one of the sport’s most outspoken players regarding the conflict. She has previously spoken out against the decision to ban Russian and Belarussian athletes from Wimbledon by arguing that they should be allowed to participate if they condemn the actions of their home countries.

We don’t want them banned completely,” Svitolina told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast.
“If players don’t speak out against the Russian government then it is the right thing to ban them.”

Prior to announcing her pregnancy, Svitolina has achieved a win-loss record of 5-8 on the Tour this season with her best runs being to the third round of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals of a WTA event in Monterrey.

During her career, the Ukrainian has won 16 WTA titles and reached the semi-finals of two Grand Slams during 2019.

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