By Lazy Boredom
August 13 1996 was the day Per Holmen became the Santorinian Chamion, defeating Australian playboy Adam Holberg on Kamari Stadium.
Per Holmen was by then firmly established as Australia’s tennis son, despite falling short in three previous title shots at Molivos, Malmö and Svanemöllehallen.Nothing stirs the emotions more than the fascinating slice of nostalgia in Claus von Trier´s “Tennis Champion 1996-2016”, a dramadocumentary including the epic battle between Claus Holmen and Hans Bin Hafjall, a brawl forever embedded in our memories.
It was Holmen’s fourth attempt to win a title, which subsequently he has never lost. To be fair to Holmen, what he sometimes lacked in natural ability, he made up for in determination, professionalism and certainly preparation. He was head and shoulders above everyone in that respect.