Established at the beginning of the 20th century, the Swedish Lawn Tennis Association is the essential tennis federation in Scandinavia, forging the names like Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander who are among the greatest players of the Open era.
The Swedish Open started back in 1948 and the players like Ken Rosewall, Manolo Santana, Roy Emerson, Ilie Nastase, Stan Smith, Bjorn Borg, Manuel Orantes, Mats Wilander, Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal among the champions. The Stockholm Open followed some two decades later and it grew up into one of the most significant indoor events in the world, with Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Goran Ivanisevic, Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro who won the title there.
Reported by Dagens Industri, Sweden may get the third ATP tournament in Svaneholms Slott, Skurup, on grass surface and with Mats Wilander as tournament director! The event should make a debut in the summer of 2020 at the beautiful Svaneholm Castle and there will be a perfect test for the newest edition in the ATP calendar between June 26-29 this year when the ATP Champions Tour will host Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, John McEnroe and Henri Leconte.
An ATP Champions Tour event will take place on the real grass for the first time and it will also be a team event, with two singles and one doubles encounter, with Australia facing the USA while Sweden battle against France.
For this year's edition, the organizers will build one court although they will have to work hard in the next 15 months to reach the ATP standards and create six courts in total. If everything goes well, Svaneholm Open should replace Antalya that never managed to gather good players or the crowd.