from Västerviks Tidningen
by Filip Johansson
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg's picture dominates Friday's edition of Västerviks Tidningen, Västervik's daily
He is the most successful athlete of all time from Västervik - and still offers tennis of high class. No wonder Stefan Edberg aroused such interest in Thursday's Ostkustens Pärla, where he was to watch his son Christopher’s matches.
Three guys throw themselves on the couches in front of the windows before the indoor tennis courts. Curiously peeking as if some childhood friends were playing a doubles match. They have probably never looked so interested in a tennis match. He still raises a lot of interest, Stefan Edberg.
When he finished playing the annual game with Lars Nilsson, Lars Svensson and Jonas Karlsson, showered and ready, he also signed autographs for a couple of girls.
- It does not happen so often nowadays, it’s diminishing over the years. But they are usually nice and kind, the ones that come up, it's okay, he says.
He has come back to the childhood town and on the Ostkustens Pärla especially to follow his son, Christopher, 16, who competes in the men's singles and men's doubles B. In the men's singles B, he has won two matches and will play the semifinals today, Friday.
- Tennis is mostly a hobby for him, but now he has started to play more and more. He has many friends in tennis, and so, before there was much football and hockey, says Stefan about his son, who is ranked 31st in his age group in Sweden.
He gets a lot of attention around him, given your career in tennis. Is it tough?
- Yes, it's not so easy. But I think he handles it just fine.
Christopher himself graciously, but firmly, declines an interview. So it has almost always been, according to father Stefan, who also has a daughter.
- We have always been a bit occasional with it. It is better to let them remain anonymous.
Now, Christopher has let the game speak for himself so far, and it will be exciting to follow him further in the tournament. A tournament where once the career started for Stefan Edberg, who has been world number one in tennis for 72 weeks between 1990 and 1992.
- I wonder if the Ostkustens Pärla was the first tournament I was in, I almost believe it. And I've won a few classes, but never elite class, I remember, said Stefan who still maintains a very high level in Sweden.
A few years ago there were many who wanted him in the Swedish Davis Cup team when they missed a couple of influential players.
From what I've heard, you could win the elite class if you chose to be in the year...?
- If my body is fit all things are possible, only one is on the track, - says Stefan with a bit tricky smile. - But it's tough to keep it long nowadays, you have the energy for not more than 40-45 minutes.
How do you remember yourself at Ostkustens Pärla?
- It was very important when I was young. Just playing at home was something special. Then we got the chance to umpire some matches too and make some money, so you would like to find the quickest games, I remember.
Do you give Christopher any advice for his matches?
- Yes, a little. There should be no more than one or two each time.
What have you told him today (read yesterday) then?
- That he should get a little more power into the ball, a little more rotation. It may be a little flat at times, on clay he needs to use spin.
What do you think of his game for the rest then?
- I think he has a nice tennis, he likes to dictate the game and has a modern style of play. He has a fantastic forehand, unlike me back then, says Stefan, laughing.
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