from Bravo (issue of March 29th, 1990)
by Peter Raschner
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Despite the last defeat against Agassi
"I believe, that I can make it to number 1 before Boris can," announced the otherwise reticent 24 year old Stefan Edberg in Florida. Stefan has already displaced Boris from the number 2 in the world rankings. And since Ivan Lendl, still number 1, has decided to skip the next big claycourt tournaments (he will even miss Paris) to fully concentrate on Wimbledon (where he has never won), Stefan can shorten the gap from Ivan.
Boris and Stefan have been close friends over the years. Stefan: "I would never want to trade places with Boris. If he loses, he is immediately under attack in Germany. In Sweden, no one complains when I lose." In Davis Cup the Swedes have been kicked out in the first round against Italy. Without Edberg.
Stefan: "I just did not want to play, nobody took it amiss. Boris, instead, was insulted as Fatherland traitor because he didn't compete in the 1990 Davis Cup".
Since some years, the son of a police officer ("my father had nothing to do with murder") has been living with his blonde girlfriend Annette (she was formerly with Mats Wilander) in London. Quiet and withdrawn in a 1.2 million-mark flat, completely set up by Annette.
He hates the party hype. What was particularly bad for him? Stefan grins: "When I got my Wimbledon win I had to open the dance at the gala night. I'd rather serve three double faults in a row than do such a thing again."
Which players would he take something from? Stefan: "From Lendl the energy, from Boris the willpower, from McEnroe the touch and from Agassi the happiness. I think I'm too serious on court, I would like to laugh sometimes."
At 15 ice-hockey fan Stefan left the school to be a professional. "I read a lot, so to do something different, because only thinking or speaking of tennis is deadly dull."
- Greatest tennis player: Edberg wins ‘best backhand’ poll
- Stefan in Federer's box at Wimbledon
- Game, set and cash to Edberg
- Federer has no more doubts on his real tennis idol
- Tennis Magazine, an unlikely ranking of the best grasscourt players
- Edberg Officially In Wilson's Court
- Edberg Comfortable at the Top
- Edberg's overtaking
- I ♥ France
- Stefanello's fall
- Agassi finds place in sun, dominates Edberg
- Edberg Silences Agassi With a Touch of Class
- Stefan's desert
- Edberg accuses women's tennis
- "Women's tennis of poor quality"