Tennis: Larsson sleeps on as bomb explodes under his car

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The Independent Online
A bomb explosion has damaged the car of Sweden's Magnus Larsson only hours after he returned home following his country's Davis Cup victory.

No one was injured in the explosion, which ripped a hole in the floor of the player's rented car. "I'm not aware that anyone would be after me," he said. "Neither I nor anyone else on the national team have received any threats."

Larsson rented the car in Gothenburg on Monday and drove 125 miles home to the southern city of Vaxjo, where he parked the car outside his apartment building.

A small bomb planted beneath the car exploded early on Tuesday morning. "The explosion was heard more than a mile and a half away, but not by me," Larsson said. "I slept right through it."

Larsson beat the world No 2, Michael Chang, on Sunday to complete Sweden's 5-0 defeat of the United States. On Friday, he beat Pete Sampras, who retired injured.

Another national team member, Magnus Norman, underwent a five-hour laser- surgery operation on Monday to correct a long-standing heart condition.