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"I think winning another (Grand Slam event) is obviously the goal. But competing at the top of my game, that's really what I want to do out there. And winning tournaments once in a while" - Stefan Edberg on his priorities at the start of 1995. Read the article

Interviews

Stefan Edberg & Tony Pickard Mr Class and his teacher

from Tennis Magazine
by Benjamin Badinter, RĂ©mi Bourrieres and Stephanie Tortorici
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Stefan Edberg on the cover page of Tennis Magazine (issue 502/October 2018)

STEFAN EDBERG-TONY PICKARD... A little like the Rafael and Toni Nadal of the 80s-90s, a mythical duo with slightly (and deliciously) vintage reflections today. More than 20 years after the  retirement of the Swedish player, that also marked the one of the British coach, both retain a brilliant form, and a magnificent complicity. Discretion not being the least of their qualities, their word remains very rare. For Tennis Magazine, they made an exception. For almost an hour, we have redone the match with them. And we feasted.

Tennis Magazine: Do you remember your first meeting and your debut together?

Stefan Edberg: Yes, we met in England, through Wilson, our common sponsor. I must have been 16 or 17 years old. At the time, I was working with Percy Rosberg (the man with whom he had changed his two handed backhand to move to a single-handed one, editor's note), a coach who had collaborated with a lot of young Swedish players, especially Björn Borg, but who did not really have experience on the circuit.

Tony Pickard: Specifically, it was in 1983, occasionally at the Bournemouth tournament. I had already seen Stefan play before, he was a very promising young player, but I did not know him personally. We have immediately hooked. I never imagined at the time that I would pass so many years on the road by his side. It will remain an amazing experience to have been able to work with someone like him. He was extremely easy to coach. He was listening, he had this incredible ability to assimilate and execute immediately what we had previously discussed about. In more than fifteen years, I don’t think that we have argued once. It was a beautiful time, too. After McEnroe and Connors, gentlemen had taken over the game. And Stefan was the first of these "new" gentlemen.

But, basically, that made this duo work so well?

T. P.: The secret is that we trusted and believed in each other. That is surely the reason why we have never had "words" all this time. There have been a lot of discussions. Our relationship was not a dictatorship. It was a construction over the long term. On the other hand, this is the problem that a lot of coaches face today. They are there for three months, then it's over. You can not build anything this way.

 

"Federer is exceptional, but tennis needs a new name too"

from Mumbai Live
by Akhil Gangan

Stefan Edberg during one of the interviews he had a the Times of India Sports Awards

Mumbai. Former World No.1 and Tennis legend Stefan Edberg was in Mumbai for the Mahindra Scorpio Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) and was the mentor for the third edition in 2018. From being Roger Federer's coach between 2013 and 2015, to being a six-time Grand Slam champion, Stefan Edberg discussed the rise of sport in India and his time with the 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.

The significance of events like TOISA (Times of India Sports Awards) and you being the mentor this year

Sports awards, in general, feels good when we get-together and meet personalities from different sports and the sportsmen and women get recognised and felicitated for their achievements. I'm honoured and happy to be here as this is my second visit but it has come after many years. I'm happy to promote tennis here in India.

 

"I am a happy person"

from RP Online
by Gianni Costa
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Six Grand Slam titles, two Olympic medals and numerous individual successes: Stefan Edberg (52) has achieved almost everything in his career. The Swede is one of the legends of tennis sports. We met him.

Stefan Edberg is tired of traveling. If it can somehow be avoided, then the 52-year-old spends most of his time with his wife and two children in a farm near Växjö in the south of Sweden. He makes an exception for his outfitter Wilson. We meet him at Tennis Point. Edberg was the number one player in the tennis world ranking for 72 weeks, winning 42 titles, and from the beginning of 2014 to the end of 2015 he was the so-called super coach of Roger Federer.

Mr Edberg, your former protégé Roger Federer is again in the final of the Australian Open. Are you wondering how long he has been in the world class?

Stefan Edberg: It's not a coincidence. Roger is sure to be blessed with an incredible talent. But he understands like no other that he needs to reinvent his game again and again. A few years ago everybody thought that the changing of the guard would be imminent. And? Nothing happened - last year Rafael Nadal and Roger shared all Grand Slam titles among themselves. And now he has another chance for a big triumph.

 

Stefan Edberg previews the Murray vs Djokovic final for BBC

Before the ATP World Tour Finals Championship match between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, Stefan Edberg was invited by BBC to preview the final showdown (that would also award the year-end number 1 spot for 2016) in the studio with Sue Barker and Tim Henman.

The Swede analysed both players' chances and the meaning of being at the top of the ranking at the end of the season, especially in such an important occasion: in fact, it was the first time in the history of men's tennis that the year-end ranking leader was decided in the last match of the season between the two contenders.

 

Edberg Talks Past And Present Of Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

from ATP World Tour.com


Stefan Edberg in action during his 1989 New York Masters final against Boris Becker

Stefan Edberg will make a welcome return to The O2 in London next week as part of the ATP’s Finals Club, which this year celebrates Barclays ATP World Tour Finals competitors in the 1980s.

Having qualified for nine straight year-end championships in New York City and Frankfurt, between 1985 and 1994, the Swede continues to marvel at the growth of the prestigious event.

“This has become one of the best events to visit as a spectator,” Edberg told ATPWorldTour.com. “You don’t have to deal with rain, you’re guaranteed two great matches each day and everything runs well.

“It was mostly about the Grand Slams in my generation, but I think this championship and the [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000 events have so much importance to them now, which is great. That’s how it should be.”

 
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