February 26, 2019
On Tuesday, the ATP Champions Tour has announced the Svaneholm Open, a new nation-based event featuring some of tennis’ biggest stars, which will bring world-class tennis to Skurup, Sweden from 26-29 June.
This year’s tournament will include Team Sweden, Team United States, Team France and Team World, respectively captained by Mats Wilander, John McEnroe, Henri Leconte and Goran Ivanisevic. The quartet has captured a combined 25 Grand Slam titles in all disciplines, and helped their countries to 10 Davis Cup victories.
This will be the first time that an ATP Champions Tour event has been played on real grass, and it will also be the first time that a tournament on the circuit has had individual nations face off against one another.
“The Svaneholm Open is one of several steps in our commitment to Sweden becoming a really strong tennis nation again,” says Tournament Director Mårten Hedlund. “We are tying together the old with the new. We are bringing what made Sweden the world’s premier tennis nation and join it with new, innovative thinking.”
This event will take place at Svaneholm Castle, on which construction first began in 1530. Each country’s team will be comprised of two ATP Champions Tour players.
“I am really looking forward to the Svaneholm Open. The venue looks amazing and playing on grass just before Wimbledon will make the whole experience even more special. Playing alongside legends such as John, Mats and others will be fun, especially in a team format competition,” Ivanisevic said. “For me, playing against John is always special as he was my idol growing up. That’s why I look forward to great crowds and an exciting couple of days next to the Svaneholm Castle.”
The tournament will feature a knockout format in which there will be two singles matches and a doubles match. Singles matches will be best-of-three sets with a Champions Tie-break (first to 10) in lieu of a full third set. Doubles matches will be one full set with a Champions Tie-break at 6-6. The winning nations in the semi-finals, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, will clash in Sunday’s championship round under the same format on Mats Wilander Court.
McEnroe will lead Team United States against Ivanisevic and Team World in one semi-final, while Wilander’s home favourite Sweden will play Leconte’s France.