Robin Soderling has been announced as the new tournament director of the Stockholm Open. The former world number 4 who most memorable moment was his win against Rafael Nadal at the 2009 French Open hasn't played since Bastad 2011 due to illness (source - ITF). Soderling has been hit badly with mononucleosis (aka Gladular fever) which had led to him developing extreme fatigue leading to the Swede at times only being able to play tennis for no longer than 15 minuets. He did empathise that despite his new role, he still hopes to return to the tour one day. Below is a translated statement by Soderling which was published on stockholmopen.se :-
“I exercise gently to come back. Meanwhile, I find it stimulating to still get to be involved in tennis and then get to work with Hult and Wallen who really has raised the status of the races both in Bastad and Stockholm. It will be fun to scout new stars for the competition and work with the competition's partners and media”
mononucleosis is a unfortunately very common illness that tennis players experience with other players affected by the illness included in the past Roger Federer, Justine Henin, Andy Roddick, Mario Ancic (who retired due to the recurrence of the disease), John Isner, Sam Stosur and Heather Watson.