by Peter Gustafsson
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
On Tuesday, the Racquet Centre in Jönköping had a great introduction. Stefan Edberg, one of the best tennis players of all time, was in fact visiting the tournament. - I have mostly good memories from here, he says to Jnytt.
On Tuesday the tennis day was celebrated in Jonkoping with the Mini Challenger. Clubs, juniors and coaches were invited and one of the highlights was a lecture by Stefan Edberg.
- I have been invited to come to Jönköping and keep a small talk. There are over 100 young people who are here and play a mini-tennis tournament. Then they got the chance to listen to me and my experiences through my tennis career. Furthermore, they have the opportunity to watch tennis matches here, so it's a very good initiative from the management of the tennis tournament, - he said.
Six Grand Slam titles
What did you convey to young players?
- I talked about some personal experiences, the fact that things are moving forward all the time, maybe small things they can think of in their own tennis in the future. We've talked about how the serve is an important weapon, and that perhaps they should practice it more than they have been doing.
The newly-turned 50-year-old belonged to the world's top ten players in the years from 1985 to 1994 and won six Grand Slam titles. During his career he visited Jönköping some times.
- I have mostly good memories from here. I have won a lot of matches in the hall here, I have been in the Davis Cup camp here and trained pretty hard. I am from Småland myself, so I have been here many times as a junior, he says.
The brothers Adam and Albin Melin from the Bankeryds Tennis Club were two of the young players who listened to Edberg's lecture - and they liked what they heard.
- It was very interesting. It was funny to hear about his experience with Roger Federer, and how Federer is as a person, says Adam.
Neither Adam or Albin were born before Stefan Edberg put his racket on the shelf, but despite that, they have a pretty good idea of the former great player.
- I've seen him in Bastad before, and he seems to be a funny and nice guy who is not boastful about his career, says Adam.
- I like him a lot. I've seen clips and other stuff of him, and he is a very good person, adds Albin.
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