Magnus Norman on Bastad: Always wanted to play at home even if I was #2 in the world



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Magnus Norman on Bastad: Always wanted to play at home even if I was #2 in the world

Former World No. 2 Magnus Norman spoke about what makes the ATP Nordea Open in Bastad a great event that all the players love coming to.

Magnus Norman on the ATP Nordea Open in Bastad

Norman is a former World No. 2, finalist at Roland Garros and the winner of the Nordea Open in Bastad on two occasions.

Speaking to the ATP Tour, Norman says, “I think it’s a combination of the great vibes [and the fact that] players are staying very close to the venue, so there are no transportation issues. You bring your racquets and one minute later you’re on centre court from your room.

Everything is located very close to the tennis and then if you want to go to the restaurant, you’re [already] almost in the restaurant. Everything happens in the same place, the beach is right there. Everyone in Båstad does a good job.

All the players feel very welcome and at home”. Norman says he had been coming to the Bastad event for many years since he was a child and that winning the tournament was always special for him. "I think I was nine years old when I first came to Båstad and I came and watched the big tournament.

It’s always been very special for the Swedish players to play in Båstad. Obviously when you come back as a pro, playing in your home country… it feels almost like you’re playing a tournament, but at the same time you’re almost on vacation.

It’s always nice to win at home. It’s a nice memory when you go there sometimes… when you see your name on the board as one of the Swedish winners. As a tennis player you want to play well all the weeks and I always wanted to play well in Sweden… I always wanted to play at home even if I was No.

2 in the world, so I hope people in Sweden will remember that”. Magnus Norman reached the final of the French Open in 2000, where he lost to Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten. He is currently coaching Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka. He retired from tennis due to injuries in 2004 at the age of 27.