Åhus and Ystad Vikings strive for excellence

Åhus is a town in the Swedish province near Kristianstad which lies on the Helge river. The history of the city begins in the Viking Age when a trading post was established upstream from the current city center.

The WTP partner town of Åhus, Ystad, the home of police inspector Wallander, is a town in southern Sweden directly on the coast.

Wallander is a fictional crime drama created by famous writer Henning Mankell. The settlement of Ystad dates from the 11th century. The town has become a busy ferry port, local administrative center and tourist attraction.

The excellent Swedish writer August Strindberg describes Ystad as; “It is an old haunt of pirates and smugglers, in which exotic traces from all parts of the world have been left by various travelers.”
In Åhus, from June 17 to 19, 2022, the 1st WTP Open event on Swedish territory took place.

KLTK’s Klara Milicevic (pictured; Kristianstadsbladet) had a great run all the way to the final in Åhus, and she actually only lost nine games in total out of the four matches. She easily won the final against Alexandra Jansson of Lidköpings TK with 6-1, 6-2.

GLTK’s Olle Wallin also won all of his men’s matches in straight sets. He won in the final against Isac Strömberg, of Åkersberga TK, with 6-0, 6-3. The two winners are therefore qualified for all the WTP Masters Cups and Champions Trophys in 2022.

The next stop will be Ystad for the WTP Tour and the Swedish Summer Tour.

The ladies are the first releases from June 24 to 27. Subsequently, from July 4 to 07, 2022, the men enter the courts.

The most popular sport in Ystad is handball, with two major clubs. However, tennis has always had a special value in Ystad and the tennis club (YTK) under the supervision of Lars Ekdahl and head coach Alexander Olsson has continuously improved the international tournament schedule.

There are a lot of traditions to uphold and, in fact, the legendary tournament was won by Swedish legend Björn Borg in 1972, the same year he broke into the Davis Cup.

Today, the Ystad club has about 1,000 members and collaborates with Ystad RacketClub which manages the paddle.

Two destinations on the construction site are the Saltsjöbadens Tennis Center (six clay courts and 3 paddle courts) and the Sparbanken Syd Stadium with four tennis courts, a combined court and a paddle hall containing a gym restaurant and 6 paddle courts.

Welcome to follow the Swedish Summer Tour/WTP Open in Ystad at www.ytk.se