by Mauro Cappiello
Playing a doubles match with or against Stefan Edberg would be a dream fulfilled not only for any STE...fan, but virtually for any tennis fan. International supercar driver Steve Goldfield was lucky enough to turn this dream into reality, as documented by a video he himself posted on his Youtube channel last August.
Although the clip description says the match was played "a couple of years ago", the location and Stefan's outfit seem to suggest images date back to 2003, when Adidas organized a tennis camp in Scottsdale, Arizona.
As a long-time Adidas testimonial, along with Megan Shaughnessy and Martina Hingis, Edberg was a special guest of the event, that offered wealthy amateurs the chance to meet legends and play with them.
Nothing special about it, but the video is funny because it provides evidence of an episode wonderfully described by Richard Pagliaro in an article on the Adidas Fantasy Camp written back at the time for Tennis Week.
"Edberg, you're too old! Show me what you've got!" screams his opponent, an exuberant Las Vegas weatherman who is trying to apply the heat to the customarily cool Swede. Edberg the target of taunts?
"I'll give you $100 if you touch this serve," Edberg evenly replies.
The classic Edberg service motion begins: the lofty service toss, the index finger extended slightly on his right hand which is wrapped around the brown, leather grip of his Wilson racquet, the deep knee bend the exposes the bulging muscles of his quads bursting from beneath the bottom of his adidas shorts, the impossibly acute arch of his back and then Edberg...
Now watch the video and see what happens!
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