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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Henrik at the US Open


New York Rangers ice hockey star Henrik Lundqvist and girlfriend Therese Andersson join a host of celebrities taking in the action at the US Open on quarterfinals day. The annual event is held at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

According to the NY Times, Henrik was there to see Swedish Tennis player Robin Soderling.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who helped Sweden to an Olympic gold medal in 2006, is a supporter of Soderling’s. They have never met but have spoken on the telephone, and Lundqvist said he hoped to attend Wednesday’s match. Lundqvist said he had watched the telecasts of some of Soderling’s big matches this year and had been struck by his mental toughness.

“Being a goalie, I know how large the mental part is,” Lundqvist said by telephone. “It’s so important, and you can see a difference now. He’s calmer and he looks mentally stronger.”

When told that Soderling has a reputation for being aloof around the other players, Lundqvist laughed and suggested the Scandinavian reserve did not translate well, especially in America.

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