On November 8, Teemu attended the Final Night event at the soldout Hartwall Arena in Helsinki to celebrate Jarkko Nieminen’s career. Nieminen is the greatest Finnish tennis player in history, and Teemu’s good friend. Nieminen retired after his final match against Roger Federer, arguably the greatest tennis player of all time.
Before the main event, Teemu teamed up with Nieminen, and played a doubles match against Federer and Peter Forsberg, the Swedish Hall of Famer. Teemu and Jarkko won the one-set match 6-3.
“Today it was “Foppa’s” turn to leave the arena a loser. That was my only goal tonight, besides having fun,” Teemu said, with a laugh.
In 2003, Forsberg’s Team Sweden beat Selänne’s Team Finland 6-5 in a World Championship quarterfinal. What made the loss so bitter for Selanne was that he had scored a hat-trick as Finland took a 5-1 lead early in the game.
“Payback time. Such a memorable and fantastic night,” Teemu said.
“Well, I’d rather lose a tennis match than a hockey game here,” Forsberg quipped.
In the main event, Federer beat Nieminen 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7).
Selanne.com was with Teemu every step of the way. See the Behind the Scenes video special above.