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Raging Anger Can Help Fuel A Player To Grand Slam Glory

Gilad Bloom, a former top 60 ATP player, shared an interesting memory at Roland Garros, which illustrates how raging anger can assist and fuel a player to not only victory but Grand Slam title victory, if this energy source can be properly channeled and utilized.

Bloom: “Anders Jarryd was a good sportsman, an overall nice guy. He was very intense and very “unswede“ in the sense that he was a temperamental, hyper type that showed emotions, unlike his fellow Swedes who were mostly ice-cold like Borg on the court , he was just ultra competitive.”

“Once he almost hit me on the court in the French Open second round in doubles – I was playing with Cyril Suk, he was playing with Robert Seguso. There was a volley exchange at the net and the ball hit the net and bounced favorably to me, I instinctively hit it at him, it hit his nuts pretty hard, he was on the floor in pain. When I came to see if he was okay he almost killed me. Goose had to restrain him, I was a rookie in my first French Open. I felt so bad, however he did win the match and him and Goose won the tournament, so he was ok. A very nice guy off the court.”

“I can still see the blood in his eyes and the veins of his neck til this day, he was about to hit me and Goose stopped him otherwise he’d have one major less.”

Jarryd and Seguso won the 1987 Roland Garros title by beating Yannick Noah and Guy Forget in the final 67 67 63 64 62. This would be the third Grand Slam doubles title for the 25 year old Jarryd, who had previously won Roland Garros in 1983 (with Hans Simonsson) and AO earlier in 87 (with Stefan Edberg). Jarryd also won US Open doubles in 1987 (with Edberg). Jarryd reached the semis at 87 Wimbledon doubles.

Jarryd won a total of eight doubles Grand Slams before retiring in 1996. He was ranked number one in doubles and his best rank in singles was no. 5.

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