- Pronounced: yo-HON-son
- Age: 39 (24.03.1975)
- Birthplace: Linkoping, Sweden
- Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
- Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
- Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 1994
As of 22.12.2014
Singles & Doubles combined
Singles & Doubles combined
Began playing tennis at age five with his father, Krister...Mother, Maud; and has one younger sister, Tina...In 1989, became European 14s singles champion and won doubles title (w/M. Norman)...Injured his right elbow while playing Orange Bowl 16s in 1991, but still reached final, losing to Spain’s Gonzalo Corrales...Finished No. 10 in 1993 world junior rankings...Idol growing up was Mats Wilander, who is captain of Swedish Davis Cup team...Enjoys reading books from Swedish author Henning Mankell, National Geographic magazine and watches TV show Friends (owns almost every episode on DVD)...Favorite actors are Al Pacino and Robert De Niro...Enjoys music of U2, Depeche Mode and Swedish group Kent, playing golf and innebandy (indoor floor hockey)...Enjoys watching home town hockey team Linkoping HC and Djurgardens IF...Scored two goals and assisted on another in 6-5 win by ATP Stars over NHL Players in annual street hockey challenge in MontrTal in 2001...Has a 17-15 career Davis Cup record (16-12 in singles) in 16 ties...Elected to ATP Player Council in June 2006...Wife, Gisella (married Dec. 3, 2005); son, Lucas (born Oct. 13, 2006)...Coached by former ATP and World No. 2 Magnus Norman.
In his post-playing career, he has joined forces with former ATP pros Jonas Bjorkman and Simon Aspelin to set up the Peak Tennis Academy, designed for amateur players who want to improve their level in club and division league play. He is the Tournament Director of the If Stockholm Open.
1993 – Made ATP debut in Bolzano as unranked wild card (d. No. 17 Novacek, l. to Olhovskiy in QF)...
1994 –One Futures doubles runner-up (w/Renstrom)...
1995 – Beat countryman Gustafsson in 1st RD of Vienna...
1996 – Won his first Grand Slam match at Australian Open (d. Eltingh) before losing to eventual champion Becker in five sets (after leading by two sets)...Reached final at Wolfsburg Challenger (l. to Pozzi) and advanced to 4th RD at Wimbledon...Advanced to first tour SF in Singapore along with Beijing and Stockholm...
1997 –Won first ATP title in Copenhagen (d. Damm) and following week won in St. Petersburg (d. Furlan)...Continued with SF in Hong Kong, ending a personal-best 13-match winning streak...Also a SF in Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore...
1998 – Reached finals in Rotterdam (l. to Siemerink) and Stockholm (l. to T. Martin) and Grand Slam-best QF at US Open (d. Krajicek, Kafelnikov; l. to Philippoussis)...
1999 – Captured his first career AMS title in Montreal with wins over Courier (QF), Kiefer (SF) and Kafelnikov (F)...Reached three SF...Fractured his left wrist while playing soccer on May 19 in Dnsseldorf and missed one month...Prior to US Open, withdrew from QF match in Long Island due to virus in muscle and lining of heart...Missed one month of play...
2000 – Had 8-16 match record in first half before finishing 14-10...Only tournament he won consecutive matches in first six months came at Wimbledon (d. Meligeni, No. 5 Kafelnikov, Gustafsson in five sets; l. to Rafter in 4th RD)... Reached QF for second time at US Open (l. to T. Martin)...Won five of six tie-breaks at Flushing Meadows and defeated Ljubicic, Blanco, Gambill and Arthurs...Competed in his first Olympics in Sydney and lost in 1st RD to Philippoussis...Defeated top three seeds û Norman (SF), Kafelnikov (F) and Enqvist (1st RD) û and Bjorkman (QF) on way to first ATP title on home soil in Stockholm...
2001 – Won back-to-back ATP grass court titles in Halle (d. Santoro) and Nottingham (d. Levy)...Had 11-match winning streak snapped in 2nd RD at Wimbledon by Roddick...In Davis Cup competition, was 4-2 record in leading his country to SF...Lifted Sweden to a 3-2 victory over Czech Republic in 1st RD Davis Cup tie by winning fifth and decisive rubber over Novak...In March, reached SF in Dubai (d. Kafelnikov, Mirnyi; l. to Safin)...In Miami, defeated No. 1 Kuerten in three sets en route to 4th RD... Following month in QF Davis Cup tie vs. Russia, defeated Kafelnikov in five sets in opening rubber and Youzhny...Reached SF in Long Island (l. to Sampras) and 4th RD at US Open (d. Rios, l. to Safin)...In Davis Cup SF in Sydney, rallied from two set deficit to beat Rafter and improve to 3-0 in five set matches during year...Lost to Hewitt in four sets in reverse singles as Australia won tie 4-1...Compiled records of 26-16 on hard, 11-1 on grass, 5-3 on carpet and 4-5 on clay...Finished No. 2 in break points converted (47 percent) and No. 10 in aces (561)...
2002 – Became first Swede to win a Grand Slam singles crown since Stefan Edberg captured US Open in 1992 with title at Australian Open...Posted wins over Bjorkman in QF, Novak in a five-set SF and Safin in four sets in final...Came into tournament No. 18 and cracked Top 10 afterwards at No. 10...Did not reach a final rest of season while posting a 20-21 match record...Reached SF in Dubai (d. Henman, l. to El Aynaoui), QF at AMS Monte Carlo (l. to Henman) and Halle (d. Ljubicic, l. to Carlsen)... Withdrew from US Open due to right shoulder injury and missed seven weeks before returning in October...Played final five weeks of regular season and compiled a 3-5 record, reaching 3rd RD at AMS Madrid (l. to Calleri) and AMS Paris (l. to Agassi)...Served as an alternate at Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai and played final round robin match (l. to Federer) in place of Agassi...Compiled records of 17-12 on hard, 7-7 on clay, 3-3 on carpet and 2-2 on grass...Earned a career-high $1,028,691...
2003 – The Swede missed the entire season due to injury...Underwent left knee surgery in Munich on Feb. 11 to repair damaged tissue above knee cap...Was part of Swedish team at ATP?World Team Chp. in May but did not play... Had a protected ATP Entry Ranking of No. 23...
2004 – In first two months back on circuit, advanced to QF in Adelaide and SF in Milan...Did not win back-to-back ATP matches again until June when he advanced to final in Nottingham (d. Rusedski in QF, Dent in SF; l. to Srichaphan)...Followed with 3rd RD at Wimbledon (l. to Federer)... Qualified at AMS Toronto and advanced to SF, losing to No. 1 Federer in three sets...Won title in Stockholm (d. No. 7 Agassi), QF in Bangkok (l. to Roddick) and 3rd RD at US Open (d. No. 10 Gaudio, l. to Kiefer)...Compiled 19-13 record on hard, 6-3 on grass, 3-3 on carpet and 1-2 on clay...Also went 18-11 in tie-breaks and 1-6 vs. Top 10 opponents...
2005 –Finished as top Swede for first time since 2002 and fourth time in his career while equaling his best year-end ATP Ranking of No. 14 (also ‘02) and won a career-high 48 matches...Reached SF in Rotterdam (l. to Ljubicic) and QF in Sydney (l. to Hewitt) and AMS Miami (l. to Nadal)...From June-on, went 29-11, beginning with successful grass court run...Advanced to SF at Queen’s, QF in Nottingham and SF at Wimbledon (d. Nalbandian in QF, l. to Roddick)...Became first Swede to reach SF at All England Club since Stefan Edberg in 1993... After a 2nd RD loss to Grosjean at US Open, finished with an impressive 17-5 mark with back-to-back SF in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City in between two Davis Cup match wins over India to lead his country back into 2006 World Group...Also reached QF in Stockholm, captured title in St. Petersburg (d. Kiefer) along with 3rd RD showings at AMS Madrid (l. to Nalbandian) and AMS Paris (l. to Ljubicic)...Won his 300th career match in St. Petersburg...Had a 3-5 record vs. Top 10 opponents, defeating No. 9 J. Johansson, No. 6 Moya and No. 9 Henman...Went 16-7 indoors, 9-1 vs. left-handers and a career-best 28-15 in tie-breaks...Played well on all surfaces with records of 19-14 on hard, 12-3 on grass, 8-2 on carpet and 8-6 on clay...Served as alternate for Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai...
2006 – Finished out of Top 40 for only second time in 10 years (2003)...Suffered an eye injury early in season which sidelined him for 10 weeks...Opened campaign by reaching 4th RD at Australian Open (l. to Ljubicic) and then played in his country’s 1st RD Davis Cup tie in Argentina where he lost to Acasuso and Chela (in dead rubber)...Then lost in 1st RD in Marseille and Rotterdam where he was struck in his left eye by a serve in warm-up on Feb. 23...Shortly after he underwent surgery to repair a detached retina and did not return until Rome in May... Won his opener in straight sets (d. Fognini) before losing his next seven matches...Posted next win at AMS Toronto (d. Lopez) and led No. 12 Hewitt in 2nd RD before Aussie retired with knee injury (l. to Malisse in 3rd RD)...Did not win back-to-back matches again until October when he reached final in St. Petersburg (l. to Ancic)...Compiled records of 5-7 on hard, 3-1 on carpet, 1-6 on clay and 0-3 on grass...
2007--Finished in Top 100 for 10th season and reached an ATP final for 10th time in last 11 seasons…Reached QF in Zagreb (l. to Ljubicic), and 3rd RD at AMS Indian Wells (l. to Ljubicic) and Barcelona (l. to Nadal)…Afterwards, struggled with 2-7 record before turning around season in August on North American hard courts…Reached 3rd RD in Washington, won Binghamton Challenger (d. Vemic), and followed with 3rd RD at New Haven (l. to Karlovic) and US Open (l. to Roddick)…Advanced to 14th career singles final in October at Stockholm, posting QF and SF wins over Mario Ancic and No. 7 Blake in a third-set tie-break before losing to Karlovic…Compiled 3-2 record in Davis Cup play…Defeated No. 12 Nalbandian in Sweden’s QF victory over Argentina and No. 7 Blake in SF loss to U.S….Went 2-8 vs. Top 10 opponents.
2008 -- The Swedish veteran finished outside Top 100 for first time since 1995...His best results were two ATP QF…Also clinched doubles silver medal at Beijing Olympics…Opened season with QF effort at Doha (l. to Murray)…In February, advanced to SF at East London Challenger (l. to Ljubicic)…At AMS Miami, defeated No. 5 Ferrer to reach 3rd RD (l. to Tipsarevic)…Helped Sweden to title at ARAG ATP World Team Championship (2-2 in singles, 1-0 doubles)…Sweden won 2-1 against Russia…On grass at Nottingham, received walkover into QF (l. to Cilic)…Qualified into AMS Toronto (d. Bjorkman in qualification) and reached 2nd RD (l. to Murray)…Went 2-2 record in Davis Cup action, helping Sweden to the 3-2 win against Israel in 1st RD with wins against Levy and Sela…Enjoyed doubles success with Aspelin, winning silver medal at Beijing Olympics and reaching SF at Doha and Bastad…Also a finalist at East London Challenger (w/Koubek)...Underwent heel surgery on Oct. 27 in Amsterdam and was expected to be sidelined for three months before returning.
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