Percy Rosberg coaching Swedish youngsters Tsegai Gebremeskel and Rafael Ymer (picture © Johan Kindbom)
Former coach of Björn Borg and Stefan Edberg, Percy Rosberg, has been engaged by Stockholm's Salk, one of the oldest tennis clubs in Sweden, to sharpen the technique of a selected group of Swedish young players.
"For years I have said that our juniors have flaws in technique. Without all five strokes, it's a suicide to go out and play at an international level," Rosberg said in an interview by Monika Ruborg of Swedish newspaper "Mitt i Stockholm".
Although he has been involved in the game for the last 70 years, Rosberg, now 82, still hasn't had enough of tennis.
After discovering Borg's talent, he has been Stefan Edberg's teenage coach, in the years when the six time Grand Slam champion shifted from a double to a single-handed backhand. It was Rosberg who encouraged this choice, believing Edberg could exploit his offensive potential in a better way.
Percy Rosberg with Bjorn Borg in the '70s (picture © Johan Kindbom)
But tennis coaching has changed a lot since the days of the Swedish greats. "Borg, Edberg, Wilander, all of the Swedes had individual coaches from a young age. There is far too little individual training now," he says.
Ended his collaboration with Stefan, Rosberg has always had a close look on Swedish youngsters, giving them private lessons.
Now, right at the club where legend Björn Borg moved his early steps, Rosberg and another coach, Kalle Norberg, are trying to implement that much needed individual work on some of the most promising young Vikings. Among these boys aged 10-11 is also Rafael Ymer, brother of current Swedish top player and world number 193 Elias.
"Will I find a new Borg? I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think so, - says Rosberg. - Most youngsters have good feet and most of them can learn the technique. But Borg could beat world stars at 16, because he was so damn strong mentally, a quality that really few players have." (mc)
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