Today, Jarkko Nieminen became the first Finn to ever win an ATP title, when he won the final of the Heineken Open in Auckland, NZ. Jarkko beat Mario Ancic of Croatia in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. This was the 5th time Jarkko reaches the final in ATP tournaments. After winning a number of titles on the Challenge Tour, having recovered from wrist injury, and reached 29. position in the ATP entry list (2 below his career best, 27), Jarkko finally deliveres the long-awaited trophy. Great stuff, a big day for Finnish tennis, a wonderful achievement for Jarkko, and brilliant news to kickstart my weekend! (which will be a working one...)
Things are looking good for Jarkko regarding the first Grand Slam of the year, Australian Open, that starts next week. Jarkko's opponent on the first round is Australia's 22 year old Marc Kimmich, currently 312. in the entry rankings. Go Jarkko!
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Posted by TH at 11:09 am