by Sandeep Mohanty I first watched Edberg on TV in the Wimbledon '88 final. I had never ever watched any tennis match before that. I knew nothing about tennis. Even in India at that time I believe there were not many live broadcast of tennis matches on TV. It's only because of my father's interest in tennis, especially Wimbledon that I was lucky enough to watch this greatest serve and volleyer of all time.
Since that day needless to say I became a die hard fan of this greatest player of all time. After that match I have always followed him on TV, News paper, Magazines, Radio whenever, wherever possible. I am really very unlucky not to have watched all his matches coz on TV only the semi-finals and finals
were telecast live at that time. But whatever was coming live, I never missed them. Then finally after 1991 I was able to see all his matches live on TV because of sports channels like Star Sports and ESPN. I wish I could watch all his games.
In fact die hard fan is an understatement. Actually I don't have words to describe how big a fan I am of Stefan Edberg.
I have always cried whenever I have seen him losing a match coz for me that was like losing a Grand Slam final and I have cherished all his victories like they were grand slam wins. On numerous occasion I have skipped my lunch or dinner after he has lost a match coz those losses were so much more painful for me. It was always difficult to sink in the losses. I always wanted him to win like every Edberg fan. My parents always tried very hard to make me realize you win some and lose some, but they knew very well their words would not convince me at all. And only because it was Edberg.
His most disappointing loss was in the hands of Chang in French open final in '89. I will always hate Chang for that match. That hurts me even now. In fact all the matches that he lost were very painful. I remember him losing in the second round of Wimbledon in his last year on tour. I could not believe that as I was not able to imagine a Wimbledon without the greatest Edberg.
But then I have also many many fond memories of his winning. Wimbledon '88 tops the list. May be because that was the first time I saw his match. That will always remain special to me. His win against Becker in Wimbledon '90 final was also a great match. I have a VC of the same in my library collection. His win over
Courier in US open '91 was probably the best match. He played absolute flawless tennis that day. In India I woke up at 1:30 a.m. in the Monday morning to watch the match and Edberg made my day. That day I woke up and prayed to god then went to watch the match, God listened to my prayer I know.
And my god, in the next year US open '92 he just proved every critic of his wrong and came up with the most memorable title defence of all time. His 4th round, QF and SF will go down as three of the most amazing coming from behind and winning showing true guts and super champion qualities. His match against Chang in the SF to some extent erased the bad memories of French open '89.
It was a sweet revenge for him. coming from behind when a break down in the final set against Chang who is considered as a fighter till the end. Edberg was the only non-American in the last four. And the only non-American won the US open. I just love it whenever I remember that. Against Sampras also he played the final like a true champion with true guts and elegance. I still remember his jumping over the net after the winning points of every match in that year. His demolition of Sampras in the final more than reiterated that in the game of serve and volley his is just unmatched. I can go on and on and on....................... on his story.
His backhand volleys, backhand passing shots, his drop volleys, his forehand volleys, every aspect of his game was the best. I can not forget those 3-shots points where only 3 shots were involved.
1- Edberg Serves.......
2- Opponents return........
3- Edberg hits an unbelievable volley to a corner of the court. The point ends then and there.
Apart from being the best serve and volleyer of all time, he is also the perfect role model parents will look for their children. He is such a nice human being on and off court. He is a person who is always down to earth, nice to every one, bears the same expression on his face even if he losses a match. He is a true champion, he is a perfect role model, he has a charisma that can never be matched by any other player. All in all he is a class act. The sportsmanship award is named after him, does not that say everything?
"Yes it does". Answer by each and every tennis fan.
I first watched Edberg on TV in the Wimbledon '88 final. I had never ever watched any tennis match before that. I knew nothing about tennis. Even in India at that time I believe there were not many live broadcast of tennis matches on TV. It's only because of my father's interest in tennis, especially Wimbledon that I was lucky enough to watch this greatest serve and volleyer of all time.
- Stefan back to Melbourne, with... Roger: two gifts in one! - by Joanne Cox -
- My Stefan watching career - by Joanne Cox -
- Stefan as time goes by - by Mei-Ling Liu -
- "Tell me, Stefan, tell me when..." - by Grit Steinweller -
- A joke with my brother and a passion born just by chance - by Martina Frammartino -
- Hall of Fame Ceremony - by Joni Granwehr -
- The perfect gentleman - by Matas -
- The prince of tennis - by Helga -
- Stefan was and still is... - by Peter -
- Edberg, my story - by Silvia -