SwanMiller, Copenhagen - Making sure everyone knows he is still as capable as ever of brilliance on a tennis court — particularly one made of linoleum, and with a roof overhead — on thursday Claus Holmen beat all challengers indoors at the gigantic SwanMiller Hall.
nice," Holmen said, clutching the gold trophy donated by the Kovacs in the
memory of late tennisidol Oskar Kovacs.
The victory increased Holmen's record
total to 17 major titles.
"He doesn't want
to stop now," brother Shane Holmen said in a telephone interview. "I
just think he's that much better than the other guys on linolium, and he loves
linoleum the way I love Jesus."
After a record seven
consecutive Svenska Mästerskapet finals from 2005-11, Holmen lost in the finals
in 2010 and 2011, then wasted a lead
against Adam Holberg in the Fuerteventura Open in 2011, raising questions about
whether he might be slipping.
moments for me the last couple years, I guess," Holmen said. "So I
really almost didn't try to picture myself with the trophy or try to think too
far ahead, really!"