by Mauro Cappiello
this year we wanted to give Stefan Edberg a very rare birthday present, that we really hope all the community will appreciate. The video you can see below is an interview with Stefan broadcasted by the Swedish Television almost two years ago, during the first edition of the Kings of Tennis in Stockholm. This one-to-one with journalist Johar Bendjelloul is, as far as I know, the longest and most in-depth tv conversation our idol has been into since his retirement from tennis, back in 1996.
Although it's a little outdated, especially since Edberg got involved in Roger Federer's coaching team, it's anyway a precious document for us fans and a chance for all of those who discovered the website recently to catch up with most of the things he has done in his life after sports.
Stefan talks mostly about playing on the senior tour, the bad moment for tennis in Sweden and the rumour that he would return to play Davis Cup (the media talked a lot about it back then), the reasons of his retirement, his business activities with CASE, today's situation at the top of the ATP ranking and also recalls some of his most important victories.
By the way, the video starts with a one-minute footage that will take you back to the 1988 Wimbledon success. It's about the celebrations in Västervik, following the final against Boris Becker. The entire town was in the main square to welcome a very embarassed Stefan (and you can shortly see his father in the crowd...). Even a poem was read to magnify his glory.
I really have to thank my Swedish friend Ulf Bohman for his patient and accurate work of translation that made the subtitling of this video a lot easier. Being a 25 minute interview in Swedish, as you can imagine, it took a lot of time to make it accessible and understandable to anyone, or at least to the English speakers. But we wanted to choose a wonderful moment in Stefan's life (his new partnership with Federer) and a nice occasion (his birthday) to share this gem with all of you.
- Stefan Edberg & Tony Pickard Mr Class and his teacher
- Edberg and Navratilova test the 2018 Wimbledon courts
- "I am a happy person"
- Federer criticizes young players: "I wish they volleyed more"
- Edberg to BBC: "Federer is the greatest in my eyes"
- From Åhus to Wimbledon
- Swedish star coaches' sharp criticism: "Near the bottom"
- Edberg: "It's almost like a relationship"
- Stefan Edberg, the talent who crushed them all
- "I'm a dark horse"
- Stefan Edberg: Andy Murray made the right decision
- "It's nice to tell your kids you were number one..."
- Stefan Edberg back to the Ostkustens Pärla
- Stefan Edberg says Murray can win Wimbledon again
- "I didn't envy Boris"