Whatever Happened To … Kent Carlsson?

Kent Carlsson Barcelona 1986

The Forgotten Swede

If you were to think of the top Swedish player in 1988 you think Mats Wilander and you’d be right. However, the forgotten man of that year had to be Carlsson. Clay was his paradise with his heavy top spin forehand, almost protogenic for today’s game.

He was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 1988 after nearly eight months out injured. He reached No. 6 on the ATP computer and compiled a tour-best 50-6 match record (all on clay).  He also was a reliable member of the Swedish Davis Cup team during the 80s.

What is he doing now?: Unknown
Career titles: 9
Win/Loss Record: 160/54
Career High Ranking: 6 (1988)
Finest moment: He ended 1988 playing in five consecutive finals winning three titles
Famous For: Having 5 surgeries on his knee and retiring at 22

Watch: vs. Leconte, Hamburg final 1988


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