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Doubles Vision - Blowing Off Steam

Stockholm, Sweden

Soares, Ullyett© BildbyranKevin Ullyett (foreground) clinches his 500th match win in the Stockholm Open semi-finals.

Kevin Ullyett penned his first Doubles Vision blog from Stockholm last weekend on the eve of winning the title with Bruno Soares.

Hi from Stockholm everybody!

Was asked to put few lines down for the dubs vision section. This is my  year 11th year here I think and this will be the last as I am hanging up the bats at the end of the season. Was lucky enough to notch up my 500th win today in the semis against Steve Huss and Jeff Coetzee 6-4, 7-5. Was a special day and my partner Bruno Soares lit it up today! Tomorrow we square off against Paul Hanley and Simon Aspelin who have cruised through the draw and are looking very good, but each day is new as we all know so looking forward to good final.

Robin Soderling had to withdraw from the singles so the live TV showed our doubles, which was great for the sport and my family in South Africa as they showed it there… a rare occurrence in today’s tennis. We had a lot of people come up to us at dinner at Cafe Opera and say congrats etc., as well as texts from around the world, which gets me thinking how sad it is dubs is not on TV every week!!!

I have enjoyed playing with Bruno this year. He is really laid back but I think he is more intense than he lets on due to the number of warnings and fines he has got this year for ball abuse. He is the first guy to smash a ball out of Wimbledon Centre Court (with the new roof). He could have had way more warnings but the umpires are more compassionate these days, I think.

I might have been lucky on the odd occasion too… having snapped and beaten a racquet to a pulp; snapping it then throwing it over the spectators’ heads on court one in Estoril into a bush. No fine!  People like to see players letting go and losing it occasionally!

We are busy chasing points in the last few events of the season to try and qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in the O2 arena. There are three or four  teams vying for the last spots. It is getting really close and there will no doubt be some real do-or-die matches in the coming weeks!

While in Stockholm I was able to catch up with Jonas Bjorkman, whom I partnered in 2008. He has blended into normal life well since retiring from tennis and is getting very involved in the two Swedish opens: this one and the outdoor event in Bastad in July.

Got to sign off and get some sleep before tomorrow! Be sure to check out Undici and Cafe Opera if you decide to visit this beautiful city!


Kevin U



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