by Mauro Cappiello
After almost three years and a half, Stefan Edberg is set to come back to active tennis! The occasion will be very prestigious: the Swedish Open in Båstad next month, right after Wimbledon, will celebrate its 70th anniversary putting together the three Greats of Swedish tennis.
On July 18th, Stefan will join fellow glories Björn Borg and Mats Wilander for a Legend Doubles event that will be held during the SkiStar Swedish Open. Edberg will team up with his former doubles partner Anders Järryd in a match that promises to be highly spectacular against the German duo made up by Tommy Haas and the net specialist Dustin Brown, the man who caused a major upset in Wimbledon two years ago beating Rafael Nadal in the second round.
This doubles show match will be preceeded the day before by another team exhibition. The Swedish couple Mats Wilander/Joakim Nyström (4 titles combined in the Båstad singles event) will play against Frenchmen Guy Forget and Cedric Pioline.
Björn Borg’s presence will only be limited to the role of coach of the Swedish team, while Boris Becker will be on the bench for Germany and Richard Gasquet for France.
The last time Edberg had played competitively in public had always been in Sweden, at the 2014 Kings of Tennis in Stockholm. Back then, Stefan was in the first year of his partnership with Roger Federer. After splitting up with the 7-time Wimbledon champion, the Swede has taken a break from active tennis, dedicating more time to his family, his business and his junior academy in Växjö.
During his professional career, Stefan has never won the Båstad Swedish Open, but reached two finals and three semifinals, even though he often skipped the event in his top seasons, due to the calendar placement right after Wimbledon. In the years of his retirement, instead, he has been a frequent visitor of the town on the South coast, his last appearance being in 2013, when he had also teamed up with Anders Järryd in two other legend doubles exhibitions.
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