Thomas Johansson

Thomas Johansson

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Thomas Johansson

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Karl Thomas Conny Johansson (born 24 March 1975), commonly known as Thomas Johansson, is a former Swedish professional tennis player. He is a former Australian Open singles champion and Olympic silver medalist in doubles.

Career

Junior career

Johansson began to play tennis at age five with his father, Krister. In 1989, became European 14s singles champion and won doubles title (with Magnus Norman). Even when he injured his right elbow while playing Orange Bowl 16s in 1991, he reached the final, losing to Spain's Gonzalo Corrales. He finished No. 10 in the 1993 world junior rankings.

Senior career

That same year he joined the pro tour for the first time. He has managed to win 9 top-level singles titles and 1 doubles title, including the 1999 Canada Masters (df. Yevgeny Kafelnikov) and the 2002 Australian Open Grand Slam championship, which he unexpectedly won (on his 25th attempt at winning a Grand Slam title) after defeating his heavily favored opponent, Marat Safin, in four sets, 3–6 6–4 6–4 7–6. Johansson became the first Swedish player to win a Slam since Stefan Edberg won the 1992 U.S. Open title, and the first Swede to claim the Australian since Mats Wilander in 1988.

Johansson later reached his career-high ranking of World No. 7 in June 2002 and finished the season with a career-best year-end ranking of 14th in the ATP Champions Race, a feat he later repeated in 2005.

A knee injury robbed Johansson of the latter half of the 2002 season and all of 2003, and...
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