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Söderling says no to London Olympics

Sweden's Robin Söderling, who has not played since last July with mononucleosis, on Monday ruled out competing at the 2012 Olympics.

Söderling says no to London Olympics

The 27-year-old will also miss the Grand Slam events at Roland Garros and Wimbledon prior to the London Games.

“The Olympic Games are always special. It’s not that it’s difficult to miss a particular event but that I really want to replay,” said Söderling who did not indicate when he would return.

“I really want to return, I’m not 28 years yet and I hope to still have many years (to play),” he added.

The former world number four has not competed since mid-July when he won in Båstad – his fourth title of the season after Brisbane, Rotterdam and Marseille.

A short time later, however, he was forced to drop out of the US Open due to illness and has yet to return to form.

Söderling is also a two-time French Open runner-up, having defeated defending champion Rafael Nadal in 2009 before succumbing to Roger Federer in the finals.

The following year he beat Federer, ending his record streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals, before eventually losing to Nadal.

He is currently ranked 65th in the world, down from his career best ranking of 4th, which he reached in November 2010.

Söderling also announced earlier this spring that he and his girlfriend are expecting their first child in September 2012.

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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

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