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What’s On in Sweden: June 4th – June 10th

What’s on in Sweden: Ambassadorial football in Stockholm, picnic for unity in Gothenburg and Canadian poetry in Malmö.

What's On in Sweden: June 4th - June 10th

STOCKHOLM

Romeo And Juliet

The Royal Ballet presents Prokofiev’s version of the Shakespeare classic

Price: See website

Location: Operan

Date: June 4th

Time: 7.30pm

More information: Operan

Diplomatic World Cup

Representatives from 18 embassies, including the US and South Africa, let the football do the talking on Gärdet playing fields. Knock-out football competition with diplomatic immunity from red cards.

Price: Free

Location: Gärdet playing fields

Date: 5th June

Time: 1pm

Stockholm Marathon

20,136 runners from 76 countries run in the 32nd Stockholm Marathon

Location: Stockholm

Date: 5th June

Time: from 9am

More information: Stockholm Marathon

The Smith Westerns (US)

The hottest band to come out of Chicago in recent years. Catch them at Debaser

Price: 50 kronor

Location: Debaser Slussen

Date: 9th JUne

Time: 8.30pm

More information: Debaser

GOTHENBURG

The Eye

Holland’s House Heaven comes to Gothenburg in the form of Esther Duijn

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Nefertiti

Date: 4th June

Time: Midnight

More information: Nefertiti

Chris Isaak

‘Wicked Game’ crooner continues his tour of Sweden

Price: 460 kronor

Location: Trädgår’n

Date: 5th June

Time: 7pm

More information: Trädgår’n

Picnic Festival

Outdoor concert and picnic on National Day in the name of unity and togetherness.

Price: Free

Location: Apslätten, Harlanda

Date: 6th June

Time: 1pm to 10pm

More information: Picnic Festival

Wisecrackers

Stand Up comedy in English with a brace of international comedians

Price: 100 kronor

Location: The Dubliner

Date: 10th June

Time: 7.30pm

More information: Wisecrackers

MALMÖ

Alice P. Ougler

Canadian poet, Ougler is joined by a handfull of bands to perform her poetry

Price: 20 kronor

Location: Inkonst

Date: 4th June

Time: 8pm

More information: Inkonst

Michael Holt

Native New Yorker leads the audience on an unpredictable musical journey

Location: Glassfabriken

Date: 6th June

Time: 5pm

More information: Glassfabriken

The Ganglians

Sacramento based heroes of the indie pop scene. With support from Australian duo Civil Civic

Price: Free

Location: Debaser

Date: 8th June

Time: 9.30pm

More information: Debaser

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SPORT

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

The ATP Stockholm Open hits the Swedish capital on Saturday with international players vying for a piece of the €530,000 ($718,000) pie. Will it be a local Swede who takes out this year's title? The Local chats to the tournament organizer to find out more.

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

“All the sponsors, players and organizers are getting ready, I’m really excited,” tournament spokesman Christian Ahlqvist told The Local over the phone, with the sound of tennis balls thwacking around in the background.

Held inside Stockholm’s Royal Tennis Hall, the tournament has been played every year since 1969, attracting some of the biggest tennis names in Sweden and the world.

“All the big Swedish players have played in the Stockholm Open, Björn Borg, Mats Wilander. Former world number one Roger Federer won the title in 2010. We’ve had some really great players, its always been one of the tournaments to play in,” explained Ahlqvist.

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Headlining this year’s contingent is Spanish world number four David Ferrer who is tipped to take home the trophy.

“Ferrer is coming from Shanghai, he’s a great player and he’s always performed very well here,” said Ahlqvist.

But if you thought it was a one horse race, think again. Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Polish giant Jerzy Janowicz (who is over two metres tall), both 22, are two young players looking to challenge Ferrer and show the tennis world that they belong at the top.

However the odds are against Sweden netting the championship. World number 444 Markus Eriksson is the only confirmed Swedish player so far, although more may find their way through in Friday’s final qualifications. But statistically, the odds aren’t historically in the Swedes’ favour, with the last winner, Thomas Johansson, in 2004.

A strong Swedish presence in the singles may be lacking, but the Swedish men are expected to do better in the doubles.

“Jonas Björkman is making a comeback in the doubles with one of the best doubles players in the world, Robert Lindstedt. So that will be interesting to see,” said Ahlqvist.

As for a tip for the winner, Ahlqvist likes world number 41 Jarkko Nieminen from Finland.

“Jarko is someone who’s been a bit on and off the court with injuries. He’s played here so many times before, he’s almost a Swede. Everyone would love to see him win one.”

Saturday marks the opening ceremony for the Open, which will be held on centre court and is free for everyone. The tournament begins on the same day, with the final scheduled for Sunday the 19th.

Josh Liew

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