Tennis Birthdays – March 25, 2015

Three young retirees celebrate.

Michael Lammer (SUI), 33

Given the era he played in, Lammer will probably best be remembered as an “extra man” on the Davis Cup squads that, over the years, have included Roger Federer, or Stan Wawrinka, or sometimes – as in 2014 – both.

Lammer-mugshotAs a junior in 2000, Lammer got to No. 7 in singles and No. 12 in doubles in the ITF rankings (they were separate back then).  He didn’t have great results at the very top level, but he did extremely well in some of the European tournaments, where he was most often paired in doubles with another Fed pal, Marco Chiudinelli (the pic above is of Lammer and Chiudinelli at the U.S. Open last year – still together).

As a pro, it didn’t quite happen. Lammer got to No. 150 in singles back in 2009, and No. 213 in doubles with one title (in Gstaad in 2009 with Chiudinelli).

He did get a chance to play Davis Cup as a front-liner, after both Wawrinka and Federer declined to compete in the first round of the World Group a few weeks ago against Belgium. He lost to Steve Darcis, and then in the doubles, and didn’t get to play the fifth and deciding match against David Goffin.

The singles match was only his second of the season, but he did get to finish his career in style. Federer played with him in Dubai, and Lammer’s final match came in the doubles at Indian Wells a little over a week ago (we suspect the Fed probably flew him over and put him up, too). The two go way back; they were flatmates for a couple of years in 2001-2002 (this is actually included in his ATP Tour website bio).

Lammer-Fed Tweet

They lost 11-9 in the match tiebreak vs. a tough team – Zimonjic and Matkowski. At least it put $5,000 in his pocket. And that was all he wrote.

 

Magnus Larsson (SWE), 45

Magnus LarssonListed at 6-foor-4 and over 200 pounds, some people affectionately called Larsson “Lurch”.

He got to No. 10 in the world, with seven career ATP Tour titles and to No. 26 in doubles, with six titles. Pretty good career. In 10 Davis Cup ties, he went an impressive 12-4 in singles.

His big win was over Pete Sampras in 1994, to take the late, lamented Grand Slam (Money Grab) Cup.

No relation to current WTA Tour pro Johanna, as far as we know.

Since retiring, he has played some senior tennis. He also has helped keep countryman Stefan Edberg in the fabulous shape he’s on, as the two often hit together.

 

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