by Mauro Cappiello
The ATP World Tour celebrated the 40th anniversary of the introduction of computer rankings with a great parade of number ones at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York last night. 18 former singles ranking leaders, and the current man on top, Novak Djokovic, were present at the gala night that was streamed live by the ATP World Tour official website.
Among those super champions, with the elegance we are all used to, was also Stefan Edberg. «What a great idea! These occasions are very special, so everyone should make their best effort to come», he said in a short video interview. Actually it was a unique meeting among some of the greatest names in the history of the game and a nice melting between the very best of the present and the past.
It was strange not to see Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi at such an event, held in New York, a few days before the start of the US Open. Boris Becker was also missing, but, as you can see from the pictures below, Stefan found good company in fellow Swedish Hall of Famers Bjorn Borg and Mats Wilander and in the 8 time winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award Roger Federer.
Of all the stars that brightened the night, the Swiss chose right Stefan as the one to praise as his role model. «It was very important for me to look up to someone. And Stefan was the one». Later on, he posted that big picture with Edberg on his official Twitter account, writing this kind message: "Evening with my childhood hero Stefan Edberg last night! Thanks for being an inspiration".
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