Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)



Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)"I have been close to wheelchair tennis since I first met the Swedish players back in 1996-97 and some of them have become really good friends to me and my family, so to help out with the promotion of the sport felt natural for me.

As a Swede, I am also proud of the results the Swedish World Team Cup team has achieved in the last couple of years. When I was in the ATP player council I argued loudly for the wheelchair tennis to be part of all four Grand Slams."

- Jonas Bjorkman

Bjorkman has long been a supporter of wheelchair tennis in Sweden and was one of the ambassadors for the 2007 Invacare World Team Cup, the ITF’s flagship wheelchair event, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Bjorkman turned professional in 1991. He reached his first career ATP singles final in Hong Kong in 1995, and then became the ninth ever Swedish tennis player to finish the year in the world's Top 10, at No. 4, in 1997. He won his first career doubles Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 1998.

During his illustrious career, Bjorkman won six singles titles and 54 doubles titles, including nine Grand Slam triumphs. He was also named the ITF Doubles World Champion with Todd Woodbridge in 2001.

Bjorkman made his Davis Cup debut in 1994 and went on to compile a 18-11 record in singles and 21-14 in doubles. He was a member of Sweden's Davis Cup winning teams in 1994, 1997 and 1998.

During Wimbledon in 2008, Bjorkman announced that it would be his final appearance at The All England Club and that he was planning to retire at the end of the season. Although being knocked out in the first round of singles, he partnered Kevin Ullyett to finish as doubles runners-up and received a hero's farewell to seal an extensive career at Wimbledon.

Bjorkman has since worked for a number of TV networks as an expert pundit.