Tennis Birthdays – Feb. 20, 2016

Remembering the Chachi.


Nystrom, during his Chachi years.

Joakim Nystrom (SWE), 53

Nystrom was one of the lesser-celebrated Swedes of the era. But it tells you what a tremendous era it was that he reached No. 7 in singles and No. 4 in doubles in 1986.

He earned 13 singles titles, including the Toronto indoor in 1986 (remember that one? It was played in the SkyDome during the winter. Very cool, but it didn’t last long).

He also won the Wimbledon doubles with Mats Wilander that year, and the Toronto doubles with Fibak, among his eight titles.

Nystrom is one of 11 Swedes who have won Grand Slams in doubles, the most recent being Robert Lindstedt at the Australian Open last year.

Since retiring, Nystrom has been Swedish Fed Cup captain, as well as an assistant coach to his pal Wilander on the Davis Cup team.

He also has coached Jarkko Nieminen of Finland and Jürgen Melzer of Austria.

Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP), 29

CabezaCandelaTwo years ago, Cabeza Candela was just inside the top 100, not far from her career best of No. 95.

She had some leg injuries in 2014, but after a slow start finished her 2015 season strongly, winning three consecutive $10K events in Spain.

But still, her ranking on her birthday, at No. 353, is lower than it was a year ago. She has played just two small tournaments in Brazil so far this season.

Cabeza Candela has 11 singles and 13 doubles titles on the ITF circuit.




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