from The Challenge (Arnesen-Tennis)
by Jonas Arnesen
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg has put his career as a coach on the shelf, and most likely it's forever.
"I'm 99.9 percent certain about that", says Edberg to Challenge.
Last week came the news that Edberg and Roger Federer broke their cooperation after two successful seasons together. Edberg has extended Federer's time at the very top of the world.
"It has been an amazing time and I had a very honorable task," says Stefan, who thought to become a coach on the ATP tour when Federer approached him in December 2013.
At least some of the top players will change coaches during the next season. If any of them want Stefan Edberg in their team they will therefore be disappointed.
Rather then by a place in the spotlight at Wimbledon, the US Open and at the other major tournaments of the tennis circuit, Stefan Edberg is more inspired by focusing on his talent development center Ready Play Tennis Academy in Växjö.
The business is run by Edberg, former pro player Magnus Larsson and former Davis Cup captain Carl-Axel Hageskog. Along with Linnaeus University, Växjö Municipality and the Swedish Tennis Federation since last year they started an initiative that offers young people the opportunity to combine elite sports with academic studies.
"I definitely advise young players to combine their bet in the world of tennis with studies. If they do it over here, at a college in the United States or otherwise it does not matter," says Stefan and continues: "The key is to have something to fall back on if tennis does not get what one hopes. Having that security can also have positive effects on playing tennis."
After ending his career in 1996 - that included six Grand Slam titles in singles and 72 weeks as world number one - Stefan Edberg started a foundation for the benefit of young Swedish talents. Each year scholarships are awarded to players who are also invited to train with Edberg.
"This is a way for me to give something back to Swedish tennis," he says.
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