WTP TOUR SWEDEN: The Vikings from Åhus and Ystad are striving for excellence


WTP TOUR SWEDEN: The Vikings from Åhus and Ystad are striving for excellence

Åhus is a town in the Swedish province close to Kristianstad that lies at the Helge River. The town's history began in the Viking Age when a trading post established itself upstream from the current town centre.

Åhus´ WTP-partner city Ystad, the home of police inspector Wallander, is a town in the south of Sweden directly at the coast.

Wallander is a fictional crime drama created by the celebrated writer Henning Mankell. The settlement of Ystad dates from the 11th century. The town has become a busy ferry port, local administrative centre and tourist attraction.

The excellent Swedish writer August Strindberg describes Ystad as; „It is an old pirates' and smugglers' haunt, in which exotic traces of all parts of the world have been left by various voyagers.“
In Åhus, between the 17th-19th of June 2022, the 1st WTP Open event on Swedish territory was carried out.

Klara Milicevic, from KLTK (picture; Kristianstadsbladet), had a great run to the final in Åhus, and she actually only lost a total of nine games in the four matches. She easily won the final against Alexandra Jansson, from Lidköpings TK with 6-1, 6-2.

Olle Wallin, from GLTK, also won all his matches in the men's class in straight sets. He won in the final against Isac Strömberg, from Åkersberga TK, with 6-0, 6-3. The two winners are therefore qualified for all WTP Masters Cups and Champions Trophies in 2022.

The next stop will be Ystad for the WTP Tour and Swedish Summer tour.

The ladies are first out the 24th-27th of June. Thereafter, on the 4th-07th of July 2022, the men are entering the courts.

The most popular sport in Ystad is handball, with two big clubs. However, Tennis has always had a special value in Ystad and the tennis club (YTK) under the supervision of Lars Ekdahl and Head Coach Alexander Olsson has continuously improved the international tournament schedule.

There is a lot of tradition to live up to and, in fact, the legendary tournament was won by the Swedish legend Björn Borg in 1972, the same year when he broke through in Davis Cup.

Today, the club in Ystad has about 1,000 members and collaboration with Ystad RacketClub who manages the paddle.

Two destinations on the construction site are Saltsjöbadens Tennis centre (Six clay and 3 paddle courts) and Sparbanken Syd Stadium with four tennis courts, one combi court and a paddle hall containing a gym restaurant and 6 paddle courts.

Welcome to follow the Swedish Summer tour/WTP Open in Ystad on www.ytk.se