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Plan B: The weather is acting very Scandinavian at the moment, so we've rented a cabin in Lofoten for a week. (Technically it's Vesterålen, but same thing). We're leaving on Thursday. :)

 

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You might have seen this already, but DN.se interviewed Jo about two weeks ago. She discussed her plans after getting elected to the SVTF's board:

Johanna Larsson exchanged the center court for the boardroom
PUBLISHED 2020-07-01

It's only a few months since she ended her career.
Since then, former professional Johanna Larsson has stepped on the tennis association's board, with a clear goal:
Tennis will become more popular again.
- We must become much better at working together, she says.

With two singles titles and 14 doubles titles on the WTA Tour , she thanked herself in February.
Johanna Larsson, 31, lacked the energy to continue investing fully. But the double specialist still has two feet left in the sport.

On the one hand, she has been on the board of Helsingborg's tennis club since last winter. On the one hand, she has been a new member of the Swedish Tennis Association's board since June, when the association also got its first female chairman in 114 years.

-It was also a contributing reason why I said yes, says Johanna Larsson about the election of the new union president Åsa Hedin.
-I think it sends really good signals. We are moving towards a more equal sport in general as well, so why not do it with the flag at the top in tennis?

By the time she ended her tennis career, the corona pandemic had not yet paralyzed the sports world. But in recent months, competition after competition has been canceled, and both the women's WTA tour and the men's ATP tour are on hiatus.
-It became an incredibly different situation to end up in. When I left, everyone else also stopped, says Johanna Larsson.
-Even so, you have not got that feeling of loss. But in six months or a year, I will probably miss it more.

What does it mean to still be a part of the sport, but in the boardroom?
-After thinking a bit, I felt that it would be a fun challenge and a great thing for me to stay in tennis but from a completely different point of view.
-Now I have not had so many meetings with the tennis association's board because of corona, but I think it's great fun. Then there is a little difference in the assignments. In the club, it feels more like a small family that you work with. It is very close collaboration with coaches and management, the board is involved in everything that happens. In the union, it's more about the big decisions that have to be made, there are a lot of other people who do the sub-work.

She continues on the same question:
-I still love tennis. Both when it comes to juniors to experience the same journey as oneself and when it comes to being involved and influencing, so tennis becomes more popular again. That we get more young people to the world elite but also that we get more involved in association life.

It has been a long time since Swedish tennis was able to line up world stars.
On the men's side, the brothers Mikael and Elias Ymer are ranked 68th and 201st respectively. The leading women's player, Rebecca Peterson, is 44th in the world rankings.
Johanna Larsson, who among other things won the Båstad tennis in 2015, reached a 45th place in singles (2016).

How do you view the status of Swedish tennis?
-It's okay anyway. But all sports need a fixed star. If Sarah Sjöström had not swum, I do not think it would have been the same hype there, or take the skiing with Charlotte Kalla and Stina Nilsson. Few sports can do without it.
-In tennis, we need someone who really takes this torch. So now you really have to take care of the brothers Ymer and Rebecca Peterson, really "promote" them as much as possible. But also tie them to themselves.

The tennis association must become better at using the top names in the sport, says Larsson.
-How many events have they participated in from the union's side? As the union has directed against its sponsors? There are not that many. There is no criticism of the players, but it was the same for me. How many events have I participated in that will benefit the association's investments? It's maybe one or two throughout my career. There are far too few.
-We must become much much better at collaborating, both in clubs and regions and when it comes to the players we have at the top. Then everyone can benefit from it.

Her main task in the federal board will be to "delve into national team issues", says the 31-year-old.
-But we must not forget who we on the board represent - regions, clubs and all members. It is not possible to just invest all the money in the elite. I think it is very important to get an even larger number of young tennis players playing. If you do not get players into the sport, we will not be able to get players at the top.
 

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Plan B: The weather is acting very Scandinavian at the moment, so we've rented a cabin in Lofoten for a week. (Technically it's Vesterålen, but same thing). We're leaving on Thursday. :)

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Plan B: The weather is acting very Scandinavian at the moment, so we've rented a cabin in Lofoten for a week. (Technically it's Vesterålen, but same thing). We're leaving on Thursday. :)

God tur Marlene, in Denmark the summer is back in the weekend...
 

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Swedish Newspaper Bohusläningen did a report on the "Legends of Tennis". They got some comments from Jo and included one picture. It's under a paywall but you can also read it by accessing PressReader:

Anders Järryd, Johanna Larsson, Magnus Gustafsson and Joakim Nyström. Yes, there were plenty of tennis legends when Fiskebäckskil Tennis Club drew attention to Björn Borg's first Jsm gold on Friday.

In 1970, Björn Borg took his first Sm-gold on the junior side - in Fiskebäckskil.

50 years later, Fiskebäckskil TK took the opportunity to draw attention to this with an event - where several old tennis stars were present.

One of them was Johanna Larsson, who earlier this year chose to thank herself on the pitch.
- I'm happy to be here. Fiskebäckskil is a fantastic place, in addition it is a nice event, she says between matches.

At the end of February, Johanna Larsson announced that she had played her last competition as a tennis player. After 14 Wta titles as a doubles player and two in singles, she put an end to her career at the age of 31. She reached the best place 45 in the world rankings as a single player and place 20 in doubles.

- I felt that the energy, energy and goals ran out. Sometimes it ends and now it was my turn, says Larsson.

When Johanna Larsson sums up her career, she is very happy.

- I have had a fantastic career, but it could have gone even better. At the same time, I am proud of the journey I have made.

Now the 32-year-old is looking forward to being able to control her own time more herself.

- It's a cool feeling. Now I can control my schedule exactly as I want, and I think that's great. If I feel like not exercising, then I do not need to do it.
 

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We has not heard from Marlene for long? Maybe she like me can not post here from using her phone...
I'm here, I'm good. I'm just such an old-fashioned dinosaur contemporary that I ignore the internet whilst on vacation. ;)
We... did not go to Lofoten. I was too embarrassed to tell this, but we changed our minds (again) the very next morning after booking the cabin (the Plan B I mentioned above). The weather did not look good, and the kid was being a teenager and wanted something different... So we ended up staying four days/three nights at this place - Rypetoppen Adventurepark - with zip-lines and treetop courses and other adventurous stuff. It's right on the border between Norway and Sweden - the far end of the zip-line photo is actually Sweden - and I accidentally entered Sweden when I hiked up to that place in the back to take photos of Man and Kid zip-lining across the lake. (Only realised it when I encountered a border sign that I was re-entering Norway!). Technically I would have had to self-isolate 15 days after going to Sweden, but I decided it didn't count. :p
Anyway, before that we visited some Oslo museums (Kon-Tiki (Heyerdahl), the Vikingships, Amundsen & the Polar Explorers, etc. - all excellent) and I nearly got murdered at a sushi place where something listed as gluten-free definitely wasn't. (Not the server's fault; and we got a hefty discount post attempted murder). After Rypetoppen we spend a day in Trondhjem and visited the Nidaros dom and a few other must-see sights. But it was cold and rainy that day, so we stuck to indoorsy things. And then we headed south and home slash Denmark... :)

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Oh, and: In case you thought I was crazy for worrying about pots and pans and kitchen facilities...Well, first of all, fair enough! ;) But second, it turned out all community kitchens and kitchen-like facilities everywhere were closed. We stayed one night at a folk high school near Trondheim (a Norwegian thing; they become bed-and-breakfast accommodation during the summer). We thought there'd be a community kitchen where we could cook dinner, but nope. (Didn't mention it when we booked the place). So we may or may not have cooked dinner on the Trangias (we brought two!) in the bathroom (tiled, water; therefore no safety hazard). And after a delicious meal consisting of nearly cooked rice and warmish Meråker kjøttkaker with Man's splendidly seasoned tomato sauce from a jar, we may or may not have flaunted their no alcohol policy with a prosecco after the kid's bedtime. You know, theoretically speaking.

At the zip-line place we just cooked in our cabin and on the grill outside. We stayed in a cabin that was... not sure how to classify it; there was no water, no bathroom, no fridge and no cooking facilities–but heated floors and internet! It's sort of half primitive, half definitely not!? 😜 But at least we knew that beforehand. The zip-line place was at a little bit of altitude (~500 m) so it was cool there (~10C) and no problem with keeping food despite the lack of a fridge.

Afterwards we went to Hell.
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*Norwegian town named Hell, near Trondheim, which doesn't mean 'hell' in the Anglo sense at all.
 

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Oh, and - 2.0: In case you thought I was crazy for worrying about ferries... Well, first of all, shame on you! ;) But there has just been a massive outbreak on Hurtigruten (the coastal ferries). ~20% of the staff has tested positive, loads of passengers currently in makeshift isolation waiting for the results of their test. I mean, like, whodathunk going on a cruise, mid-pandemic, would have been an bad idea!?
(Ironically, the only ferry we've taken recently was Helsingør-Helsingborg (Sweden-Denmark), and that didn't feel unsafe at all. You could stay in the car (it's just a 20 min crossing) or go up on the ferry, but it was not crowded at all).

Anyway, hope y'all are well!

 

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(...) there has just been a massive outbreak on Hurtigruten (the coastal ferries).
This has become a scandal. The company (famous, old, quintessential Norwegian, etc.) has basically flaunted all the rules, tried to keep the outbreak under wraps, cover up their mistakes, not followed orders from the health ministry, etc. It's really bad.

Anyway, Jo pic: :)

 

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Hello, all!

Remember when I was rambling about my worries about getting stuck abroad, more than one country away from home, because of sudden rule changes and such!? Yeah, that is happening now. (To others, not us - we're home and safe).

Darn pandemic, this is getting old. Anyway, hope y'all are well! (Seriously, not sarcastic).

Oh, and: Cool GGF pic on Insta.
 

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Hello, all!

Remember when I was rambling about my worries about getting stuck abroad, more than one country away from home, because of sudden rule changes and such!? Yeah, that is happening now. (To others, not us - we're home and safe).

Darn pandemic, this is getting old. Anyway, hope y'all are well! (Seriously, not sarcastic).

Oh, and: Cool GGF pic on Insta.
Hi!

Yep, it's definitely getting old... I really miss vacations. I could take a "staycation" from work but really, I would rather work than sit around at home by myself. 🤷

I moved into my new house (just across town) a few weeks ago and managed not too get covid during that whole process. So that's good. The change of scenery has made things less boring for the time being.

And hey, there's actual tennis to watch on TV now. Exciting times :)
 

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I stay mainly at home and go shopping mainly in my small town, where there not 7 9 13 have been anybody tested positive... so i am well.
Godt at høre. :)
Yeah, that sounds familiar. The have been very few cases in our immediate area so shopping at the local supermarket doesn't feel like a huge risk. Most people take the situation seriously and behave accordingly. But obviously that still doesn't make you immune to it.



 

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Hi!

Yep, it's definitely getting old... I really miss vacations. I could take a "staycation" from work but really, I would rather work than sit around at home by myself. 🤷

I moved into my new house (just across town) a few weeks ago and managed not too get covid during that whole process. So that's good. The change of scenery has made things less boring for the time being.

And hey, there's actual tennis to watch on TV now. Exciting times :)
Hi!

Enjoy your new house, and well done for not getting covid during the moving process! :) Yeah, I get the thing about preferring to work over staying even more at home. I hope you're not second-guessing your choice of moving into a new house vs. a fixer-upper like Jo & GGF. I've watched a couple of matches, but it all seems like a total stranger to me. I have this book (crime fiction) that I started reading last summer, and got about halfway through. But then I put down and forgot about for some reason. I finished it on this year's vacation, but I had lost track of who all the side characters were and who did what, etc., and I was too lazy to go back and check. So finishing it was like - "I kinda, sorta know what's going here, but I'm missing a bit... but whatever." Watching tennis again is rather similar to that. They're playing, sure, and I know who the players are. But I don't know what the upcoming tournaments are, how the rankings work now, and all that. I haven't felt that urge to "re-engage" with the tennis framework in a sense. I don't know if someone must win the match in order to qualify for something, etc. Watching a match is like picking up my book and reading a random chapter. "Oh, 'Brother A' is unaware that the bear is so close, and 'Brother B' is too far away to warn him... But why exactly are they running around in the forest? And which one of them was the main character interested in again? Meh... I'll probably find out in the end".

But I'll probably get back into it eventually. I'm just having a slow start with it. :D:D
 
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