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Jarkko Nieminen hires Joakim Nyström as a coach
After having played professional tennis for eight years, Finland’s number one tennis player Jarkko Nieminen (current ATP ranking 26) has decided to take a shot at a final breakthrough under a new coach.
Nieminen has hired the Swede Joakim Nyström as his coach, and cooperation between the two is set to commence at the Barcelona tournament later this month.
During his active career as a tennis player, Nyström won the Davis Cup with the Swedish team in 1984, 1985, and 1987. His highest ATP rankings were seventh in men’s singles and fourth in doubles. The 45-year-old Swede has 21 tournament victories to his name, 13 of which came in doubles.
Nyström acts as a coach of the Swedish Davis Cup team, together with his former teammate Mats Wilander. In addition to Nieminen, Nyström sees to the training of another protégé, the 27-year-old Jürgen Melzer of Austria.
The left-handed Finn, who recently completed his military service, opened the season well with a place in the final of the Adelaide ATP tournament and he then forged his way into the last eight at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
However, since mid-January the well has gone dry and he has suffered a string of six straight defeats - all to players ranked below him on the ATP listings.
One of those recent defeats was at the hands of the left-hander Jürgen Melzer, and it may be this was a spur to seeking the help of Nyström.