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Hard work and team spirit, the secrets of Swedish coaches

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

Swedish tennis is still alive. A wave of former Swedish professionals are on the Tour,  as coaches for several of the world's best players. The tennis world is talking about the Swedish phenomenon. - It is a completely unique situation, says Stefan Edberg.


Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer during a hitting session at the French Open
Comparing athletes over time is always a dilemma. But experts are unanimous: the tennis world is going through a special age. We are witnessing some of the sport's best ever at the same time. And behind many of the big players' development there is a Swedish coach.

When Roger Federer started his cooperation with Stefan Edberg his tennis has reborn. With Magnus Norman, eternal promise Stanislas Wawrinka has become a Grand Slam winner. Since Andy Murray chose Jonas Bjorkman, he has won ten straight matches.

In addition, Thomas Johansson and Joakim Nyström have been given the task of refining two of the world's greatest tennis talents this summer.

Tennis world has been amazed by the wave of the Swedish coaches. Three weeks ago Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport dedicated a special to explaining the Swedish model. On Monday, Sky Sports Uk analyzed the phenomenon: "Now, Sweden is better known for being behind the world's best coaches. They put a huge emphasis on quality, concentration, attitude, respect and energy that transforms good players to great champions," reads the article.

 

From Edberg to Björkman, the coach speaks Swedish

from La Gazzetta dello Sport (issue of April 30th, 2015)
by Vincenzo Martucci
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Yesterday's tennis greats have been recycled as successful coaches. Federer, Murray, Wawrinka: the Scandinavian school is a trend.

At first it was Lennart Bergelin, a good tennis player turned into Björn Borg's guide. Then came John-Anders Sjögren, a coach who loved details, father of the versatile Mats Wilander. Then, Swedish instructors with Swedish athletes only have produced the bum of phenomena of will and application, the epic of Borg's grandchildren, and 6 consecutive Davis Cup finals (from '84 to '89), a burst of  Grand Slam triumphs and the dominance in the "top ten."

After that there was oblivion and now the first Swede in the world professional ranking, Elias Ymer, is only at number 171. Will they return in vogue? Hard to say, as long as golf will be more popular than the racket.

Meanwhile, the greats of yesterday's tennis were recycled as coaches. In 2001, the king of 7 Majors and former n. 1, Wilander, has pioneered the trend, first with Marat Safin and then with Wayne Ferreira, Tatiana Golovin and Paul-Henri Mathieu. Only to later divert towards a career of tv commentator: as a coach, he was too ego-centric.

His "twin", Joakim Nyström, former number 7 in singles and doubles champion at Wimbledon, was maybe too resigned, instead, coaching good, but not excellent professionals, like Jarkko Nieminen, Jurgen Melzer and Jack Sock.

 

Edberg's serve&volley, one of the reasons to love tennis...

from Tennisnet.com
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

In the past few days, German website Tennisnet.com has anticipated some excerpts of "111 Gründe, Tennis zu lieben" ("111 reasons to love tennis"), a book written by journalist and tennis coach Florian Goosmann. One of the chapters is dedicated to Stefan Edberg's serve and volley. Here's the English translation.

Because Stefan Edberg played the most elegant serve & volley of all time

His best ball looked so harmless, as he played it ice-cold. Not his first serve. Not the killing volley. But the first volley. The one after his serve. Stefan Edberg was always that one step further, faster. In the area of the tennis court, where a step more or less makes all the difference in the world. In the area of the tennis court, where most tennis players feel as uncomfortable as a non-swimmer without ground contact. Only Edberg felt the ground under his feet right there, knew exactly where he stood. And with each volley it was like a poet moving to the net. If he needed several volleys.

 

Edberg among Wimbledon "Chairman's Special Guests"


Stefan Edberg and Annette Olsen in the Royal Box during the 2013 edition of the Championships

Yesterday in London, in the spring press conference which is held each year two months before the start of the tournament, important details were released about the 2015 edition of the Championships at Wimbledon.

The tournament will be played one week later than usual, due to the introduction of a new week of grasscourt build-up, after the French Open. There will be new facilities for players, courts 14 and 15 will be back in use and the Hawk-Eye technology will be extended to six courts, also covering courts n. 12 and 18. This year's prizemoney will be increased of 7%, bringing the cheque for the men's and women's singles champions to £1,88m (€2,6m - $2,8m).

 

Percy Rosberg in search of a new Björn Borg


Percy Rosberg coaching Swedish youngsters Tsegai Gebremeskel and Rafael Ymer (picture © Johan Kindbom)

Former coach of Björn Borg and Stefan Edberg, Percy Rosberg, has been engaged by Stockholm's Salk, one of the oldest tennis clubs in Sweden, to sharpen the technique of a selected group of Swedish young players.

"For years I have said that our juniors have flaws in technique. Without all five strokes, it's a suicide to go out and play at an international level," Rosberg said in an interview by Monika Ruborg of Swedish newspaper "Mitt i Stockholm".

Although he has been involved in the game for the last 70 years, Rosberg, now 82, still hasn't had enough of tennis.

After discovering Borg's talent, he has been Stefan Edberg's teenage coach, in the years when the six time Grand Slam champion shifted from a double to a single-handed backhand. It was Rosberg who encouraged this choice, believing Edberg could exploit his offensive potential in a better way.

 
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