No resurrection for Davis Cup team

Jönköping was the place to be on Sunday - and it's not often you can say that - as the local ice hockey team, HV71, beat Färjestads BK in the final of Sweden's Elite Series.

What must be the most protracted sporting contest to merit the name ‘final’ – best of seven matches, spread over a fortnight – began on March 30th, and only the most optimistic TV scheduler can have expected it to go all the way. But after six matches it was 3-3 and all the papers were predicting a tight decider.

In fact, HV71 won 5-0 to become Swedish champions for the first time since 1995.

On Good Friday, Aftonbladet came over all biblical: “It’s David against Goliath!” declared the paper, as Sweden’s best tennis players prepared to face the USA in the Davis Cup quarter final over the Easter weekend.

But after early losses there was to be no resurrection and Jonas Björkman and co were thoroughly walloped (4-1) by the Americans. “They never stood a chance against the world’s best,” explained the same paper, having learned a little humility.

With somewhat less fanfare than the chaps got the week before, the Women’s Allsvenskan football league kicked off at the weekend. Linköpings FC, Umeå and Hammarby all made a good start, but most of the coverage was reserved for Sara Johansson, the centre forward whose efforts gave Djurgården/Älvsjös a 2-0 victory over Karlslunds.

Expressen and Aftonbladet agreed that her performance should ensure her a place in the national team, which faces Switzerland in two weeks’ time.


Björn Borg’s son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut

Four decades after Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg won a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, his 16-year-old son Leo Borg is reportedly set to make his debut at the tournament.

Björn Borg's son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut
Leo Borg's Wimbledon debut is yet to be officially confirmed. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

According to reports in British tabloid The Sun and Swedish tabloid Expressen, Borg will be awarded a wildcard to play in the Wimbledon junior event.

“Leo is very grateful about getting a wildcard for the qualifiers to junior Wimbledon,” Björn Borg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It will be an incredible experience and useful practice for the future,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Wimbledon tournament did not want to confirm the decision, only saying that wildcard announcements and the main draw for the Juniors tournament would be made next week.

If confirmed, Leo Borg’s Wimbledon debut comes 39 years after Björn Borg defeated American rival John McEnroe, winning him his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The iconic match has been called one of the greatest matches of all time and the story was adapted for the screen in the 2017 feature film Borg vs McEnroe, where Leo, bearing a striking resemblance to his fatther, played a younger version of Björn Borg.

During the 1970s and early 1980s Björn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledons and six French Opens.

Björn Borg after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980. Photo: Scanpix/TT