by Simon Sjöstrand
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg watches his son Christopher play in the Summer Tour in Åhus
Åhus. On Tuesday afternoon, he visited Åhus to support his son in the Summer Tour. In the evening he took the flight to England to coach Roger Federer for his eighth Wimbledon title. Stefan Edberg happy with his new life. "It is charming to come to a summer place like this," said the former world number one.
The Summer Tour was distinguished by the presence of 17-year-old Christopher Edberg. He played the tournament before the eyes of father Stefan, who visited Åhus for the first time.
- The courts are very nice down here by the sea. A nice facility, says Stefan Edberg, who was ranked number one in the world in 1991-92.
Yesterday he saw his son's adventure in Åhus come to an end. Christopher fell 1-6, 2-6 against Oliver Pöysti from Danderyd TK. Something that left Christopher taciturn after the match.
- I had a hard time finding the timing, sighed the 17-year-old.
- As with all tournaments, the further you go the harder it gets. There are many good players, says Stefan.
How would you describe your son's playing style?
- I will not say too much, but he's cool and semi-offensive.
As his father?
- Ha ha, a bit like that.
Chasing eighth title
For Christopher, this resulted in the return flight to Växjö last night. Stefan, instead, went for a journey to England - and London. On Monday Wimbledon begins and Stefan will be there once again as a coach of the world number four Roger Federer.
- We have great opportunities, says Stefan Edberg on this year's competition.
He has coached Federer since the beginning of the year and hopes to help the Swiss to win his eighth Wimbledon title.
- The hope is there, of course. Cooperation between us works well so far.
How is Federer as a person?
- I usually don't speak much about him, but he is an amazing person, both on and off the court. A real tennis ambassador.
But Edberg doesn't want to say much more than that on the Federer subject.
- Nah, every sentence written about him spreads like wildfire. I do not want to answer any more questions about him.
Clearly Edberg enjoys his role of advisor of the world number four. Although the number of travel days per year has changed his lifestyle with work and family.
- Everything works great. But there will be a great contrast. While it's great to experience all the tournaments around the world, it is charming to come to a summer place like this.
How do you see Swedish tennis in general?
- There is hope. Everyone knows that Swedish tennis has been down for a while, but we have passed the bottom. Now we have a lot of young people who are on their way up, like Elias Ymer and Rebecca Peterson, to name two.
No comeback for you?
- Ha ha, time is not on my side, says Edberg, who has six Grand Slam titles in his luggage.
Your tips to players who want to go far?
- What is necessary is passion, desire, luck. And to have good people around.
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