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"I think he should adopt a more attacking game strategy because now everybody knows how he plays and everyone wants to beat him. If he goes 5 times out of 10 to the net, it will destabilize his opponent" - Stefan Edberg about how Roger Federer should play against Rafael Nadal. Read the interview

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Hall of Fame Inductee Edberg Celebrates at Ocean Edge

from USTA.com
by Jason Brown

Brewster, Mass. – Two years after fellow countryman Mats Wilander was inducted in the 2002 ceremony, six-time Grand Slam singles champion Stefan Edberg of Sweden became one of three newly-inducted members of the 2004 class at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining a list of distinguished legends of the game.

Following the induction, Edberg and his family took the short ride from scenic Newport, Rhode Island to the lovely coastal haven of Brewster, Massachusetts to celebrate the career milestone and to participate in the fourth annual Adidas Tennis Smash benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation.

Featuring a who’s who of past and present tennis stars, this year’s benefit included: Martina Hingis, Rod Laver, Tom Gullikson, Stan Smith, Carly Gullickson, Wendy Turnbull, Jenny Hopkins, Gardner Molloy, Francois Durr, Anke Huber, Pancho Segura, and the newest member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

Hall of Fame Teleconference with Stefan Edberg

TONY TRABERT: I want to welcome everyone on this teleconference. We appreciate your being on board. Of course, for Stefan, who is in Sweden, we appreciate his being available. I'd like to start with asking Stefan a question. I wanted to ask you what it means to you to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

STEFAN EDBERG: Obviously, it's quite an honor, since there are a lot of great players from the past that have been inducted, I'm really glad that I will be one of them, and I'm looking forward to come to Newport this summer.

TONY TRABERT: You know this is the 50th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. We'll have a lot of Hall of Famers back for this particular weekend.

STEFAN EDBERG: Obviously, that will make it very special and it will be great to see some of the players I played with in the past. Also great to have Steffi Graf being inducted at the same time as me. That feels really good.

TONY TRABERT: We'll open it up for questions.

 

The Tennis Week Interview: Stefan Edberg

from Tennis Week
by Richard Pagliaro
Thanks Mei-Ling Liu for alerting on the news

The man who was always certain of his direction on the court — moving forward and attacking the net — is equally comfortable in pursuing his own path on his own terms. On the final day of the camp, Edberg sat down with Tennis Week — or more precisely we stood in the corner of the court and spoke for this wide-ranging interview.

Tennis Week: You're up for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this year and it seems very likely you and Steffi Graf, both great classy champions and both adidas players, will be inducted in a prestigious class of 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. What would that honor mean to you?

Stefan Edberg: It would be a great honor and something to be very proud of. So many players have told me so many great things about it and I've never actually been there so I would really look forward to going there and seeing it very much.

 

Stockholm Open is tightening its belt

from Expressen.se
traslated by Markus Zacharski

Then: Stefan Edberg is playing the Stockholm Open finals against Boris Becker in front of 14,000 spectators in Globen. Now: eleven years later, Edberg has given up tennis long time ago and Stockholm Open has given up Globen. And a comeback isn't of current interest, neither for Edberg nor for Stockholm Open. "The tournament is lying on a realistic level", the former tennis star says.

Much has been changed since the meetings between Becker and Edberg in front of 14,000 spectators in Globen, not only for Stockholm Open but also for the whole tennis world. As the economic climate was getting grimmer and grimmer this has influenced tennis world as well. The tournament in Stuttgart had to move to Madrid because of economic problems. Its analogy in Hamburg was rescued thanks to Boris Becker arranging a sponsor contract. Six out of the nine so-called Masters tournaments are lacking a main sponsor in the present-day-situation.

 

"I suppose I'm a boring person"

from Expressen.se
translated by Markus Zacharski

Växjo. Where does he get his kicks nowadays? He, who won six grand slam titles and played the leading part in some of the worst nail biters of Sweden's sport history. Stefan Edberg looks surprised. "Kicks...?" After a while of reflection: "I'm quite satisfied with life when it's quiet, so to speak".

Give Svensson (Ann: "Svensson" stands for the typical Swede) some hundred millions and Svensson blow one's top. Gives the finger to the boss, buys a luxurious villa in Danderyd, a pair of cars and, why not, an own golf course.

With Stefan Edberg it is different. He owns millions but does everything to become a Svensson. Exchanges the maisonette in London for a yard outside Växjö, drops the temptations of the metropolis for quiet family life and tennis training in the Strandbjörkshall. Furthermore he tries to work. Not exactly like Svensson but almost.

He's sitting in the finance company Catella Capital's board, has tasks with his old sponsors and is helping Stockholm Open and Växjö tennis centre. That is, when he's not sitting at his desk thinking about his own business.

 
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