Båstad Open ends as Gothia Cup kicks off
As one prestigious Swedish sporting tournament comes to an end, another starts.
The Swedish Tennis Open at Båstad proved to be a mixed week for Sweden, with none of their stars making it to the semi-finals of the men’s singles tournament.
This year’s champion is Spain’s David Ferrer, who beat his compatriot Nicolas Almagro in straight sets. Sweden fared better in the doubles competition, which was won by the favourites - Austrian Julian Knowle and Swede Simon Aspelin.
Much-fancied singles star Robin Söderling crashed out in the quarter-finals, and veteran Jonas Björkman lost in the second round.
Over in Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast, the world’s largest football tournament has begun. The Gothia World Youth Cup attracts 1500 teams of young footballers aged between 11 and 19, both male and female.
The sporting jamboree began in 1975 and over 30,000 participants from more than 60 countries are expected this year. The competition concludes on the 21st July.