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"Things have really changed in today's tennis. In my years there were more upsets, there were a lot more names... It was not as predictable as tennis is today. You've got the question: «Who's gonna win the next Grand Slam?» and you only have four options" - Stefan Edberg on today's tennis. Read the interview

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Edberg about technology in tennis at San Francisco summit

Yesterday Stefan Edberg appeared at the Infosys Confluence 2016, a summit of ideas on how the use of technology can improve any kind of industry that gathered world leaders and innovators at the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco from April 27th to 29th.

The meeting was organized by Infosys, an Indian multinational corporation that provides business consulting, information technology and outsourcing services.

Thanks to his experience of innovation at the Södra Climate Arena in Växjö, the first tennis hall completely built using passive house technology and one of the few where a Play Sight system for the analysis of coaching stats was installed, Stefan Edberg was there to talk about the growing importance of big data in the world of tennis.

 

Michael Llodra: the day Edberg said he liked my game…


picture © Francesca Sarzetto (ubitennis.com)

Frenchman Michael Llodra retired from tennis in November 2014. Even though he never managed to become an élite player during his professional career, he was admired worldwide for his attacking tennis and for his elegant volleys that sometimes reminded of those played by Stefan Edberg.

In an article written yesterday for the French edition of the Huffington Post, Llodra talked about his tennis idols and explained how his dream came true in his last year on the Tour when he had the opportunity to hit with Stefan Edberg, during the Swede’s first season as Roger Federer’s coach.

 

Edberg inspires juniors at Jönköping mini-challenger

by Mauro Cappiello
thanks Johanna Jonsson (contributor of Tennis.se and member of the RC Open communication staff)

Yesterday, the World Tennis Day was celebrated in Jönköping, a small town in the region of Småland, Sweden, with a mini-tennis challenger dedicated to Swedish junior players. This event was held in connection with the ATP tournament of Jönköping, that brought the Challenger Tour back to Sweden for the first time since 1996.

The star of the event was Stefan Edberg, who was invited by the tournament organization to inspire the juniors with a lecture about his tennis career and his recent coaching experience with Roger Federer.

An audience of 120 young Swedish players had the great opportunity to hear his words and ask him questions.

 

Swedish tennis in 1988: "Absolutely fantastic"

from Expressen.se
by Linus Sunnervik
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Sweden was the best - in the world's largest sports. A dozen Swedes spurred each other to success - and two guys from Småland ruled the world. The talents of that era now explain the recipe behind the "miracle year 1988".


Stefan Edberg, Wimbledon 1988 champion

- It was quite unique, says Stefan Edberg.

A chapter in the Swedish sports history, best known as the Swedish tennis miracle.

With Björn Borg, interest for tennis exploded in Sweden, and a decade later turned into a huge success. Ranking-wise, the Swedes conquered the world in the mid-1980s.

But the year 1988 was the zenith moment of everything.

Two guys from Småland - Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg - won the world's four major tournaments. A feat that has never been repeated in tennis history afterwards.

- It was something fantastic for me and Mats, and for everyone involved. Something we would never experience again. It was absolutely amazing, says Edberg.

 

Stefan Edberg to speak to juniors about years with Federer

On March 8th in Jönköping, a Swedish town in the region of Småland two hours by car from Västervik, the local tennis club will celebrate the World Tennis Day with a Mini Challenger event that will field 24 teams of juniors aged 14-18, representing as many Swedish tennis clubs.

This sort of mini Davis Cup will be held in connection with the ATP Challenger tournament and will have Stefan Edberg as special guest, the website of the Swedish Tennis Federation reports.

Stefan will have a lecture about his two years as coach of Roger Federer and will be once more an inspiration for lots of Swedish kids playing tennis.

The prize for the winners of the competition will be a two-day tennis camp at the Ready Play Academy in Växjö, run by Stefan Edberg, Magnus Larsson and Carl-Axel Hageskog. (mc)

Download the full schedule of the day (in Swedish)»

 
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