June 21, 2024

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

Steve Johnson lost his father Steve Sr. in May, 2017.

A year on, the American won the clay-court event in Houston. Opponent Tennys Sandgren knew how he felt.

“I know our dads are watching in the crowd,” said Sandgren, who lost his own father some years ago.

On the ATP Tour website, Johnson writes about the year.

“I’ve panicked. There have been times when my anxiety spiralled out of control. Some weeks it is easier and I can’t explain why,” said Johnson, who was in and out of the hospital for a week after Wimbledon.

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