Karl Thomas Conny Johansson (pronounced [ˈtʊmas ²juːanˌsɔn]; born 24 March 1975 in Linköping), commonly known as Thomas Johansson, is a retired professional tennis player from Sweden. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 7 singles ranking on May 10, 2002. His career highlights in singles include a Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2002, and an ATP Masters Series title at the 1999 Canada Masters. He also won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in men's doubles, partnering Simon Aspelin.

To this day, Johansson remains the last man from Sweden to win a Grand Slam in singles.

Tennis career


Johansson began to play tennis at age five with his father, Krister. In 1989, became European 14s singles champion and won doubles title (with Magnus Norman). Even when he injured his right elbow while playing the Orange Bowl tennis championships 16s in 1991, he still reached the final, losing to Spain's Gonzalo Corrales. He finished No. 10 in the 1993 world junior rankings.

Professional career

That same year he joined the pro tour for the first time, and turned pro the following year. He has managed to win 9 top-level singles titles and 1 doubles title, including the 1999 Canada Masters, defeating world No. 4 Yevgeny Kafelnikov from a set down, and the 2002 Australian Open, which he unexpectedly won (while having never progressed beyond the quarterfinals of any of his 24 previous Grand Slams) after defeating Jacobo Díaz, Markus Hipfl, Younes El Aynaoui, Adrian Voinea, Jonas Björkman and Jiří Novák before defeating his heavily favored opponent in the final, Marat Safin, in four sets, again from a set down. Johansson became the first Swedish player to win a Slam since Stefan Edberg won the 1992 US Open title, and the first Swede to claim the Australian Open since his idol Mats Wilander in 1988.

A knee injury robbed Johansson of the latter half of the 2002 season and all of 2003, and Johansson was therefore unable to compete until the start of 2004. Many people weren't sure if Johansson will be able to compete again because of the seriousness of the injury. In 2005, he made a comeback to become the first Swedish player to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon since Edberg in 1993, and only dropped a set en route, losing to 2nd seed Andy Roddick in a tightly contested four set match that lasted a minute under 3 hours, 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 6–7(8–10), 6–7(5–7). Near the end of the season, Johansson won his 9th, and until now, last ATP tour title in St. Petersburg, defeating Nicolas Kiefer in straight sets.

In 2006, the Swede struggled through the season after suffering an eye injury early in the season. The highlights of the season were a 4th round at the Australian Open (where he lost to Ivan Ljubičić), his first doubles title in Båstad, Sweden with countryman Jonas Björkman, and a final in St. Petersburg (lost to Mario Ančić), where he was the defending champion.

At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics he reached the doubles final with Simon Aspelin, where he lost against the Swiss team of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in 4 sets.

As of 6 March 2009, he has an 18–15 career Davis Cup record (17–12 in singles) in 17 ties, having played for Sweden every year other than 2003 (when he was out of action for the entire season) since 1998, and an 356–292 career overall.

He announced his retirement in June 2009 after a 16-year career.

Personal life

His idol while growing up was Mats Wilander, who was the captain of Swedish Davis Cup team. He has a younger sister. He is a fan of popular culture, reading books by Swedish author Henning Mankell, National Geographic magazine and watching TV show Friends (he owns almost every episode on DVD). His favorite actors are Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. In music, Johansson enjoys listening to U2, Depeche Mode and Swedish band Kent. He is also a keen player of golf and floorball. Johansson is also a fan of ice hockey, frequently watching home team Linköpings HC and Djurgårdens IF. He scored two goals and assisted on another in 6–5 win by ATP Stars over NHL Players in annual street hockey challenge in Montreal in 2001. He married Gisella Kaltencher on 3 December 2005.


He is sponsored by Dunlop Sport for racquets and apparel, and adidas for shoes. He uses a heavily modified Dunlop Pro Revelation racquet 'paintjobbed' to look like the current Dunlop 4D Aerogel 500 racquet.

Significant finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Winner2002Australian OpenHard Marat Safin3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)

ATP Masters Series finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Winner1999Canada MastersHard Yevgeny Kafelnikov1–6, 6–3, 6–3

ATP career finals

Singles: 14 (9 titles, 5 runner up)

Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (7–5)
Finals by Surface
Hard (4–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (2–1)
Carpet (3–2)
Winner1.10 March 1997Copenhagen, DenmarkCarpet (i) Martin Damm6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Winner2.17 March 1997St. Petersburg, RussiaCarpet (i) Renzo Furlan6–3, 6–4
Runner-up1.2 March 1998Rotterdam, NetherlandsCarpet (i) Jan Siemerink6–7(2–7), 2–6
Runner-up2.9 November 1998Stockholm, SwedenHard (i) Todd Martin3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Winner3.2 August 1999Montreal, CanadaHard Yevgeny Kafelnikov1–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner4.20 November 2000Stockholm, SwedenHard (i) Yevgeny Kafelnikov6–2, 6–4, 6–4
Winner5.11 June 2001Halle, GermanyGrass Fabrice Santoro6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
Winner6.18 June 2001Nottingham, UKGrass Harel Levy7–5, 6–3
Winner7.14 January 2002Australian Open, Melbourne, AustraliaHard Marat Safin3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up3.14 June 2004Nottingham, UKGrass Paradorn Srichaphan6–1, 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner8.25 October 2004Stockholm, SwedenHard (i) Andre Agassi3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner9.24 October 2005St. Petersburg, RussiaCarpet (i) Nicolas Kiefer6–4, 6–2
Runner-up4.23 October 2006St. Petersburg, RussiaCarpet (i) Mario Ančić5–7, 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up5.8 October 2007Stockholm, SwedenHard (i) Ivo Karlović3–6, 6–3, 1–6

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
Summer Olympics (0–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (4–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Winner1.16 July 2006Båstad, SwedenClay Jonas Björkman Christopher Kas
Oliver Marach
6–3, 4–6, [10–4]
Runner-up1.17 August 2008Summer Olympics, ChinaHard Simon Aspelin Roger Federer
Stanislas Wawrinka
3–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6

Performance timelines


(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held.

Davis Cup matches are included in the statistics.

Professional Career
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian OpenA1RA2R2R1R1R2R3RWA1R4R4R2R1RA1 / 1319–12
French OpenAA1R2R1R1RA2R1R2RAA2R1R1R1RA0 / 114–11
WimbledonAAA4R2R3R2R4R2R1RA3RSF1R1R2RA0 / 1219–12
US OpenAAA2R1RQFAQF4RAA3R2R1R3R1RA0 / 1017–10
Win–Loss0–00–10–16–42–46–41–29–46–48–20–04–310–43–43–41–40–01 / 4659–45
Year-End Championships
Tennis Masters CupDid Not QualifyRRDid Not Qualify0 / 10–1
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells MastersAAAAAA2R2R2R1RA2R2RA3R2RA0 / 87–8
Miami MastersAAAAAA2R1R4R4RA1RQFA2R3RQ10 / 810–8
Monte-Carlo MastersAAAA1R1R1R1R1RQFAA1RA1RAA0 / 83–8
Hamburg MastersAAAAAA1R1RQF2RAA1R1RAANMS0 / 64–6
Rome MastersAAAA2R1R1R1R1R1RAA2R2RAAA0 / 83–8
Canada MastersAAAAAAW2R2R2RASF2R3RA2RA1 / 817–7
Cincinnati MastersAAAA2RQF1R1R1R1RA2R1R1RA1RA0 / 105–10
Madrid MastersNot Held3RAA3RAAAA0 / 22–2
Stuttgart MastersAAAA1R3R1R2R2RNot Held0 / 53–5
Paris MastersAAAA2R2R1RAQF3RA1R3R2RQ2AA0 / 87–8
Win–Loss0–00–00–00–03–56–57–83–89–99–90–06–57–94–53–34–40–01 / 7161–70
Career statistics
Hardcourt Win–Loss210–165
Clay Win–Loss37–69
Grass Win–Loss46–30
Carpet Win–Loss64–32
Overall Win–Loss2–10–21–328–2132–2745–3122–2522–2646–2529–240–029–2148–2511–1827–2416–201–1357–296
Win %66%0%25%57%54%60%47%46%65%55%58%66%38%53%44%50%54.67%
Year-End Ranking4224861176039173939181430137162136601

Top 10 wins

1. Richard Krajicek8Singapore, SingaporeCarpet (i)QF5–7, 7–6(7–3), ret.93
2. Jonas Björkman4Antwerp, BelgiumHard (i)1R6–1, 6–240
3. Yevgeny Kafelnikov4Rotterdam, NetherlandsCarpet (i)1R7–6(7–5), 6–234
4. Carlos Moyà5Indianapolis, United StatesHard2R6–7(5–7), 6–0, 6–134
5. Richard Krajicek5US Open, New York, United StatesHard3R6–7(5–7), 5–4, ret.33
6. Carlos Moyà5Davis Cup, Stockholm, SwedenCarpet (i)RR7–5, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(8–6)22
7. Petr Korda10Stuttgart, GermanyHard (i)2R6–2, 6–421
8. Yevgeny Kafelnikov2London, United KingdomCarpet (i)QF6–2, 7–6(7–5)19
9. Yevgeny Kafelnikov4Montreal, CanadaHardF1–6, 6–3, 6–322
10. Yevgeny Kafelnikov5Wimbledon, London, United KingdomGrass2R6–1, 7–6(7–0), 6–457
11. Thomas Enqvist9Stockholm, SwedenHard (i)1R6–2, 6–257
12. Magnus Norman4Stockholm, SwedenHard (i)SF7–6(7–4), 6–257
13. Yevgeny Kafelnikov5Stockholm, SwedenHard (i)F6–2, 6–4, 6–457
14. Yevgeny Kafelnikov7Dubai, United Arab EmiratesHard2R7–6(7–4), 7–531
15. Marat Safin2Indian Wells, United StatesHard1R7–5, 7–526
16. Gustavo Kuerten1Miami, United StatesHard3R6–3, 4–6, 6–425
17. Yevgeny Kafelnikov6Davis Cup, Malmö, SwedenHard (i)RR6–4, 1–6, 7–6(12–10), 3–6, 6–225
18. Yevgeny Kafelnikov7Halle, GermanyGrassSF6–3, 5–7, 6–219
19. Pat Rafter4Davis Cup, Sydney, AustraliaHardRR3–6, 6–7(8–10), 6–3, 6–2, 6–317
20. Gastón Gaudio10US Open, New York, United StatesHard2R6–3, 2–6, 6–4, 6–461
21. Andre Agassi7Stockholm, SwedenHard (i)F3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)42
22. Joachim Johansson9Rotterdam, NetherlandsHard (i)2R6–4, 6–429
23. Carlos Moyà6Miami, United StatesHard3R7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–227
24. Tim Henman9Queen's Club, London, United KingdomGrassQF6–4, 6–420
25. James Blake7Davis Cup, Gothenburg, SwedenCarpet (i)RR6–4, 6–2, 3–6, 6–356
26. James Blake7Stockholm, SwedenHard (i)SF3–6, 6–1, 7–6(7–3)55
27. David Ferrer5Miami, United StatesHard2R6–4, 7–560

See also