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Mikael Tillström

Mikael Tillström (born 5 March 1972) is a former tennis player from Sweden, who turned professional in 1991.

Mikael Tillström
Country (sports) Sweden
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1972-03-05) 5 March 1972 (age 47)
Jönköping, Sweden
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1991
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,029,070
Career record112–113
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 39 (14 October 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1996)
French Open4R (1994)
Wimbledon3R (1996)
US Open3R (1998)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games3R (2000)
Career record111–85
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 15 (17 July 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1999, 2000)
French OpenSF (1999)
WimbledonSF (2000)
US Open3R (1998, 2000)


He represented his native country as at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he was defeated in the third round by Switzerland's Roger Federer. The right-hander won one career title in singles (Chennai, 1997) and eight career doubles titles, all but one with fellow Swede Nicklas Kulti. He also reached the final of 2000 Majorca Open winning en route to the final some specialist at clay like Francisco Clavet or Mariano Puerta, and only an almighty Marat Safin could stop him.

He reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on 14 October 1996, when he became world no. 39. His best performance at a Grand Slam came when he got to the quarter finals of the Australian Open in 1996, he defeated Aaron Krickstein, Christian Ruud, Patrick McEnroe and Thomas Muster before losing to Michael Chang. He was the first player to be beaten by Gustavo Kuerten in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, at the Australian Open in 1997.[1] He is running the Good to Great Tennis Academy together with Magnus Norman and Nicklas Kulti and is coaching Gaël Monfils.

Career finalsEdit

Doubles (8 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 1992 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Mårten Renström   Paul Haarhuis
  Mark Koevermans
7–6, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 1992 San Marino Clay   Nicklas Kulti   Cristian Brandi
  Federico Mordegan
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1994 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Nicklas Kulti   Jan Apell
  Jonas Björkman
2–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 1997 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Nicklas Kulti   Magnus Gustafsson
  Magnus Larsson
6–0, 6–3
Winner 3. 1997 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard   Michael Tebbutt   Jonas Björkman
  Nicklas Kulti
6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. 1998 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet   Nicklas Kulti   Marius Barnard
  Brent Haygarth
3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 3. 1998 Orlando, U.S. Clay   Michael Tebbutt   Grant Stafford
  Kevin Ullyett
6–4, 4–6, 5–7
Winner 5. 1998 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Nicklas Kulti   Chris Haggard
  Peter Nyborg
7–5, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 1999 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Nicklas Kulti   David Adams
  Jeff Tarango
6–7, 4–6
Winner 6. 2000 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Nicklas Kulti   Paul Haarhuis
  Sandon Stolle
6–2, 6–7, 7–6
Winner 7. 2000 Halle, Germany Grass   Nicklas Kulti   Mahesh Bhupathi
  David Prinosil
7–6, 7–6
Winner 8. 2000 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Nicklas Kulti   Andrea Gaudenzi
  Diego Nargiso
4–6, 6–2, 6–3


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