from Kronen Zeitung (24/02/2010)
by Gernot Gsellmann
Translated into English by La Zingara
Stefan Edberg interviewed by Gernot Gsellmann
Calm, sun and snow: ex-ATP Number 1 Stefan Edberg for the first time on holidays in Tirol.
“Please, where do you want to sit ?”
Even if he already had to give thousand of interviews, he never lost the Scandinavian kindness and politeness. And after putting an end to his career, he looks even more thoughtful. “I just enjoy life, at home in Växjö, or here in St Leonhard.”
The former number 1 and six-times Gran Slam winner spends his holidays in Pitztal (Tirol) with nine people, including his wife Annette and kids Emelie (16) and Christopher (13). Gernot Gsellmann talked to the 44 years old Swedish “Sir” about his past, present and future.
- What brought you to Pitztal ?
My friend Günther Müller. He organized this ski week. He found the perfect hotel for us in Kirchenwert. Quiet, family-friendly and really comfortable.
- Usually, you rather do cross-country skiing instead of Alpine skiing in Sweden…
- That’s what I did. But as I was 22 years old, I changed my mind. I have more fun skiing down the mountains.
- What is a man who was Number 1 for 72 weeks and won 60 titles (including 42 single titles), doing after his sport career ?
- Working. Doing business. I have my office at home. This is the best thing, so I can drive my kids to school almost every day.
- Do you still follow what’s going on in the tennis world ?
- I can follow the Gran Slams on TV. But I’m not really up-to-date with the other tournaments.
- Does that mean you don’t want to come back into the tennis business anymore ?
- No, not at all: everything will be possible in a few years. Now that I enjoy having rest and being at home, I can imagine travelling a lot again. Why not being on Tour or as a coach, who knows!
- It was better before
- Many fond memories for Stefan
- "It was a crazy situation"
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