Sweden set for mixed Midsummer weather

Sweden looks set to enjoy typical Midsummer weather on Friday - that is to say an unpredictable mix of sunshine, clouds and showers.

Sweden set for mixed Midsummer weather

On Friday, Midsummer’s Eve, showers are expected in large parts of Dalarna and Värmland, as well as in large parts of southern Norrland and the mountains of Lappland, according to the SMHI weather service.

The rest of the country has a good chance of sunshine, although isolated showers could still occur. Temperatures are expected to range between 17-24 degrees, although they are likely to be lower in rainy areas and in the mountains.

Stockholmers thinking of quitting the big smoke to enjoy Midsummer in the countryside should think again, according to betting company Ladbrokes. The bookmaker expects the capital to be the warmest place in the country on Friday.

“Stockholm has all the momentum at the moment. The Royal Wedding festivities took over the whole city, and now the capital looks set to get the best weather in the country on Midsummer’s Eve,” said Ladbroke’s Andreas Gillberg.

Underlining the uncertainty in the forecast, rival betting company Betsson was recommending Malmö as the best of the country’s three main cities to avoid rain on Friday. Anyone betting on rain in Sweden’s third city will win six times their stake if the heavens open on Midsummer’s Eve. If it rains in Stockholm, they will only get four times their stake.

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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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