JR DAVIS CUP FINALS 2012
WINDAHL THE SWEDE
Beeyong Sison: SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
BARCELONA, SPAIN - The round-robin competition at the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals by BNP Paribas started yesterday in Barcelona, Spain.
It is nice to see familiar names coming out from the young field. One such name is Daniel Windahl.
The 16-year old from Bastad, Sweden, who led the his nation defeating China in the first round, is the son of a former teammate of mine in Basel, Jorgen Windahl.
Playing number one, Jorgen was the most valuable player in the league playing against tough players at the No.1 position such as Argentina's Davis Cup players Gustavo Tiberti, Alejandro Gattiker, Gustavo Luza. Other teams included ATP star and ex-NCAA champion Bruce Manson and eventual Barcelona Olympic Gold Medalist Marc Rosset of Geneva.
Like the typical Swedish player with solid ground and all around game, Jorgen would not miss a shot. His consistency and work ethics set him apart from the rest of the field. He had great energy which the members of our team drew upon.
His son Daniel, who is showing signs of greatness, may have a tough act to follow.
His dad came from a generation of tennis greats that won 24 Grand Slam singles titles and dozens of Grand Slam doubles and junior crowns.
Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Joakim Nystrom, Anders Jarryd...the Johanssons, Sundstroms, Windahls, Bjorkmans, Enquists, Kultis, Svenssons, Normans...whew...to name a few.
A generation that would span several decades, an era called the "Swedish Invasion." It was as if the Vikings decided to resurrect themselves and wreak havoc all-over again invading communities wielding ferocious swords called "Leg-biters" and "Gold-hilts" - but this time around, between 1975 and 1995, they decided to play tennis instead - wielding rackets but still to the same effect terrorizing everyone - associated with the world of tennis.
"Like backhand, like son"
Jorgen's contribution during this era was winning the Australian Open Junior Singles Championships in 1981 beating Pat Cash in the finals (Cash went to win Wimbledon Men's in 1987) and winning several singles and doubles titles on the ATP tour.
His best career ranking was a solid Rank No.69 in the world.
Jorgen currently teaches at and heads the Bastad Tennis Academy in Sweden...and very good to know he's still grinding (or still pretending) in the seniors league.
Daniel, you're lucky to have a great model on-and off-the court. I'll be watching you!
Round Robin Groups
(click on the group for standings and results)
Junior Fed Cup
Junior Davis Cup