The tournament is taking place in a beautiful setting in Bastad; a coastal city with every attraction for tourists in summer, including good food, sun and beaches. The Swedish Open is one of the hallmark tennis tournaments on the ATP Tour, having been played since 1974 with a list of winners including Björn Borg, Mats Willander, Spaniards Carlos Moyá, David Ferrer and Rafa Nadal or the Argentine Carlos Berlocq. On the WTA Tour, Serena Williams was victorious in Sweden in 2013. But since July of 2018, tennis isn't the only racket sport taking place in Bastad, padel is also in town. Sweden has fallen in love with padel and the World Padel Tour in a small period of time. Swedes watch every tournament on the official streaming service and such is the craze of the sport in the country that one of its most illustrious athletes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has built the biggest padel club in the country in Stockholm. The tournament director, Urban Johansson, stated this week that it was a huge joy for Sweden to be hosting a World Padel Tour event.
The tournament will take place on three courts; two adjacent ones and centre court. As of the quarter finals, every match will take place on centre court, These facilities are more than ready to host the Euro Finans Swedish Open which began on Tuesday morning with the final round of qualifying.
The best summer to have struck Sweden this century, with plenty of sun, will also include the fastest growing sport on the planet. Swedish is now an official language on tour, Sweden is another country in love with our sport and Bastad is the world capital of padel.