Peter Lundgren

Peter Lundgren (born 29 January 1965) is a former professional male tennis player and tennis coach from Sweden. He preferred playing indoors, hardcourt and on grass to clay.

Peter Lundgren
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Lundgren coaching Stanislas Wawrinka
Country (sports) Sweden
ResidenceHunnebostrand and Monte Carlo
Born (1965-01-29) 29 January 1965 (age 55)
Gudmundrå, Sweden
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1983
Retired1995
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,130,516
Singles
Career record119–136
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 25 (16 December 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1988, 1991)
French Open2R (1991)
Wimbledon4R (1989)
US Open2R (1985, 1987, 1989, 1990)
Doubles
Career record100–134
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 36 (26 November 1990)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1988)
French Open3R (1992)
Wimbledon2R (1988, 1990)
US Open2R (1987

Playing careerEdit

Lundgren was one of the second generation of Swedish players along with Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Joakim Nyström, Anders Järryd, Henrik Sundström, Hans Simonsson and Kent Carlsson that followed after the success of Björn Borg. He left Sundsvall as an 18-year-old and moved to Stockholm,[1] to further his tennis career.

In 1984 Lundgren finished the year ranked at 265.[2] At the end of the 1985 season Lundgren jumped up 234 places on ranking list to finish at number 31.[2] In the process he won his first title in Cologne as a qualifier defeating Wojtek Fibak, Goran Prpić, Jeremy Bates and Tim Wilkison before defeating Ramesh Krishnan in the final.[3] After the title win he was hailed as "the new Björn Borg", in reference to his talent and the long hair that bore resemblance to Borg and that he had trained with him as well.[4] Lundgren's best ranking was 25th in the world, but at the time he was only the 7th best Swede behind Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Anders Järryd, Joakim Nyström, Henrik Sundström and Jan Gunnarsson.[2]

This was the golden age of Swedish tennis in which Lundgren said "We had at most 14 players in the top 100. ( Don’t forget the size of the Swedish population, it makes it even better this achievement)".[5] Lundgren while managing to have some big wins over Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Michael Chang, Jim Courier, Thomas Muster and Pete Sampras, was not able to achieve consistency and he said himself that "I was a little up and down. Sometimes I could lose motivation and then suddenly get thrashed against lower ranked players."[5] He played his last match on tour against Karol Kučera in Copenhagen Open and retired at 30 years of age and then went into coaching.[4]

CoachingEdit

Lundgren first made a name for himself as a coach when he took Marcelo Ríos into the top 10 and then they split ways, when Lundgren said that "he needed a psychologist more than a coach".[4] After that he was working for the Swiss Tennis Federation helping out with the juniors, he replaced Peter Carter as coach for Roger Federer they worked together from 2000 to end of 2003 before eventually splitting.

Lundgren then took over coaching Marat Safin and guided him to the 2005 Australian Open championship and worked with him until August 2006. In September 2006, it was announced that he would be helping out the British Davis Cup team for the next two years.

He was given a "leave of absence" from the LTA in June 2007.[6] In 2008 Lundgren took some time away from his job, because his father was ill, though he later expressed interest to return to work with British tennis.[7] During 2008 he started coaching the Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis. In February 2009 Lundgren started coaching Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria. He then coached Stanislas Wawrinka. In September 2011 Lundgren and Wawrinka split. Lundgren has since gone on to teach Vicht virtual tennis coaching in Houston, Texas. In March 2014 Lundgren began to coach Daniela Hantuchová.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 loss)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1988 Australian Open Hard   Jeremy Bates   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
3–6, 2–6, 3–6

Career finalsEdit

Singles (3 wins, 3 losses)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–1)
ATP Championship Series (0–1)
ATP Tour (3–2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 1985 Cologne, West Germany Hard (i)   Ramesh Krishnan 6–3, 6–2
Win 2–0 Aug 1987 Rye Brook, U.S. Clay   John Ross 6–7, 7–5, 6–3
Win 3–0 Oct 1987 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Jim Pugh 6–1, 7–5
Loss 3–1 Nov 1988 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Boris Becker 4–6, 1–6, 1–6
Loss 3–2 Jul 1989 Newport, U.S. Grass   Jim Pugh 4–6, 6–4, 2–6
Loss 3–3 Aug 1990 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard   Boris Becker 3–6, 4–6

Doubles (3 wins, 6 losses)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 1985 Cologne, Germany Hard (i)   Jan Gunnarsson   Alex Antonitsch
  Michiel Schapers
4–6, 5–7
Loss 0–2 Apr 1986 Cologne, Germany Hard (i)   Jan Gunnarsson   Kelly Evernden
  Chip Hooper
4–6, 7–6, 3–6
Win 1–2 Oct 1986 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   John Letts   Christo Steyn
  Danie Visser
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Loss 1–3 Jan 1988 Australian Open Hard   Jeremy Bates   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
3–6, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–4 Feb 1988 Memphis, USA Hard (i)   Mikael Pernfors   Kevin Curren
  David Pate
2–6, 2–6
Win 2–4 Jul 1988 Newport, U.S. Grass   Kelly Jones   Scott Davis
  Dan Goldie
6–3, 7–6
Loss 2–5 Jul 1990 Toronto, Canada Hard   Broderick Dyke   Paul Annacone
  David Wheaton
1–6, 6–7
Loss 2–6 Aug 1990 Los Angeles, United States Hard   Paul Wekesa   Scott Davis
  David Pate
6–3, 1–6, 3–6
Win 3–6 Oct 1990 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard   Broderick Dyke   Stefan Edberg
  Ivan Lendl
6–2, 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Historik" (in Swedish). Sundsvall TK. 29 May 2008. Archived from the original on 30 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "Peter Lundgren – rankings history". Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
  3. ^ "Cologne Victory". ITF. 29 May 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "I Paris ska Grand Slam-samlingen bli komplett" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 29 May 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Peter Lundgren Profile". Tennisfest Sweden. 29 May 2008. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  6. ^ "GB coach given a leave of absence". BBC. 29 May 2008.
  7. ^ "Lundgren wants quick return". Eurosport. 29 May 2008.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Mikael Pernfors
ATP Most Improved Player
1987
Succeeded by
Andre Agassi