And it was time for Båstad again. Famous for its parties, Båstad has a totally different meaning for me: tennis, tennis, more tennis and everything included in it like almost three weeks of hard work with amazing people, both in the team and on court, the beach, the sea and the beautiful sunsets.
After a short flight from one coast of Sweden to the other, it was time to put a lot of energy in making things great for the second summer in a row. The excitement of two tennis weeks is an amazing feeling to have. I can probably follow the road to the tennis arena with my eyes closed, I already knew and eagerly expected to hear the intro music to every match (“Sommartider” and “Sun Is Shining”) and I missed watching tennis and seeing the beautiful sea in front of my eyes in between the points.
Unfortunately in the men’s week there were no Romanians in the draw, all the boys were busy with the Davis Cup, so I focused on supporting the Swedes.
It’s always fun to watch them play because their matches at home have a great atmosphere and people cheer for them, and it’s always a pleasure to see Robert Lindstedt play, for old times sake. Too bad his partner (Andre Sa) got injured and they had to pull out. I had my eyes on David Ferrer too but, just as the 2016 season so far, his Båstad performance wasn’t as I would have expected. His game is going through a crisis that I sincerely hope he will overcome soon. My perfect Ferrer-Verdasco final was shattered when David was ousted in the semifinals by another spaniard: Alberto Ramos-Vinolas, who ended up winning the tournament after facing Verdasco. In the men’s doubles Marcel Granollers and David Marrero defeated Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner.
The women’s week brought some Romanian girls to Båstad and I felt so happy and proud to see Romania’s flag high above the arena. In singles the girls didn’t do so good, Andreea got ousted in the quailes and Sorana in the first round match against Annika Beck. The favourite in singles, Angelique Kerber, pulled out because of injury after the first round. My interest switched to the doubles where Raluca Olaru (played with Katerina Siniakova) and Andreea Mitu (teamed up with Alicja Rosolska) were in action. Andreea’s and Alicja’s match against last year’s winners Bertens/Larsson was super fun to watch, a little bit tight, nerve-wracking, because everybody was cheering for the other team, but it was probably their most difficult match as well. They had no trouble getting through the semifinal and the final. At the end of the week Båstad had another Romanian champion in doubles, after Horia Tecau lifted the trophy three years in a row next to Robert Lindstedt, in the men’s tournament. The singles was won by Laura Siegemund from Germany.
Other than that, I am not a party person but in exchange I had the pleasure to spend some really nice time with amazing people, to laugh and have fun, to go for walks, picnics on the beach and watch beautiful sunsets. Somewhere in between… ok, almost always, there were a lot of sandwiches involved, coffee, laughter and once even an Otto Knows concert. I also had two afternoons off that I spent at the beach. Sweden has great beach weather, if you ask me, it’s not as hot as other places and you can just stay there all day without getting a blackout because of the strong sun. And the water was warm too, warm enough to go splashing around. It was super fun to go there, a bit sad to leave, but at the end of 20 days it feels good to be back home. See you next Summer Båstad!