Johansson shut out two opponents at Wimbledon

Updated: May 26, 2004, 4:30 PM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Swedish tennis star Torsten Johansson, who set a record by shutting out two opponents at Wimbledon in 1946, died at 84.

Johnasson died May 14, Mats Hasselquist, a friend and former Swedish Davis Cup captain, said Wednesday.

A 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 victory is a tennis rarity, but Johansson produced two in a row at Wimbledon 58 years ago.

Johansson played for the Royal Tennis Club in the early 1940s and won more than 100 national titles for the club, a record that still stands.

He and Lennart Bergelin, who later became Bjorn Borg's coach, turned Sweden into a tennis power after World War II. Johansson played Davis Cup tennis for 16 years, retiring after the 1962 series against Mexico.

Johansson played in senior tournaments until his death.

"He always wanted to die on the tennis court, but it didn't happen," Hasselquist, a former Swedish Davis Cup captain, told The Associated Press.

Johansson is survived by his wife, Lise, and two sons, Toto and Nils.


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