Former Roland Garros finalist Magnus Norman tells the Tennis Recruiting Network that one of the reasons why Sweden has had trouble producing top players as of late is because the country does not have enough tennis courts. Norman recently founded the Good to Great Tennis Academy in Stockholm, where he works with a variety of juniors as well as Bulgarian pro Grigor Dimitrov. Norman also coached Robin Soderling, who reached a career high ranking of No. 4 before being sidelined with a virus.
“We have so many recreational players and we don’t have enough courts,” Norman said. “And at the same time, to produce a Top 10 player or Top 50 players, you have to be on the court a lot. I don’t think we have enough courts, and in Sweden, we have winter like eight months out of the year, so we play indoors and the facilities are so much more expensive. We want to build our own center, where the only focus is on developing future Top 100 players, no recreational players, only high performance.”