by Christofer Brask
reported by Valerie Camps and translated into English by Markus Zacharski
Double Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg is living a completely different life today from the era of greatness on the tennis court which gave him six grand slam titles. "I got a dose of tennis which is enough for a long time ahead. I was watching tennis very much when I played myself but now I'm living another life", Stefan Edberg says.
Let's assume you enter Wimbledon's centre court tomorrow for a match against world's number one Roger Federer. How many games are you going to win?
- Not many. Five years ago I might have been able to resist 40 minutes but now most is gone. It's still almost 10 years since I quit.
But they say that you're keeping fit, that you're really keen in tennis and squash.
- Yes, but now I have had a slipped disc for one year so it got pretty bad. Five years ago I was still well trained. In 2000 I played equally with the best ones in training. You notice when you get older...but every thing has its time. Serve and volley - out.
And your old style of play, serve and volley, you can almost expose in a museum today.
- Yes, that's right. The times are changing. It is about finding an effective style of play to win matches. And the manner I played then is very likely not enough for today's tennis. Today you have to be a bit more allround. It would be more difficult today also because everyone is returning better. 15-20 years ago you went two steps behind when someone had a real good serve. Today they stay at the same place. They have a faster reaction.
Life far from tennis
For an old elegant one like you, how cool is it to see "Pim-Pim" (Joachim Johansson) serving 50 aces?
Imagine I was able to do that, then it would have been very easy to play tennis (laughing). No, it's impressive. But it can also become little boring to watch a long match between Joachim Johansson and Gred Rusedski when it's almost not a single rally. Often it is a bit better when it's more playing but the important thing is that there are different types of playing.
You live a life far from the big tennis arenas. Is there a common denominator between tennis and stock market?
Maybe the tension. And in whatever area you want to be strong, you need the same things: knowledge and training.
Under some time you were daytrader. How did a usual day look like then?
- A big part of the day could be used up just for guarding. In the long run it wasn't wholesome, it became completely stressfull. It can become a bit like a sport, you were able to win money with one click. But at the same time you could lose.
- You have to utilize market and it still happens that I have my eyes opened to big oscillations. There are lots of sellers, which you often should buy from. And vice versa.
Your worst investment?
- There are things that have become a bankrupt but such things happen. When I take such a risk it's more like a lottery ticket.
How do you celebrate a successfull transaction?
- I take the whole thing with a dash of salt. A celebration is very seldom.
What about your possess of wood (40 hectares) when the storm "Gudrun" advanced last winter?
- It became in quite a bad way like much of the wood all round here. I believe that 75 percent was blown down. You could hear how it cracked in the wood and how the trees fell, one after the other. It was a bit nasty when it happened.
With whom of your old rivals you keep company?
- I don't have any contact to anyone of those who played with me on tour. It's like you meet a few times per year.
It is said that John McEnroe whines that you should come to senior tour.
- That is possible but I'm not interested. If I played on the tour I would be such a person that wants to be prepared. Then you should train 3-4 times a week and you have to travel and play matches. Then you are back in the treadwheel again. Furthermore I believe it would be frustrating. I know what I was capable of once. On the one hand it might be cool to meet with all the old and have fun but it doesn't fit me.
No tennis nerd
You are not much like a tennis nerd nowadays?
- Far from that. I got a dose of tennis which is enough for a long time ahead. I was watching tennis very much when I played myself but now I'm living another life. It's clear that I'm informed but not like sitting and watching the whole day.
Who is going to win Wimbledon?
- Federer is big favourite, that's beyond question.
Name: Stefan Edberg
Birth: January 19th, 1966
Family: Wife Annette, 41, children Emilie, 12, and Christopher, soon 9
Live: Grimslöv, Småland
Profession: former tennis professional, nowadays financier. Joint owner of Case Asset Investment which today has to manage 2 billion Swedish crowns.
Tennis merits: Australian Open 1985 and 1987, Wimbledon 1988 and 1990, US Open 1991 and 1992. Altogether 41 single titles. World's number one 72 weeks.
Property: 295 million Swedish crowns assessed property. In reality it is 600 million according to Veckans Affärer, if all of his low valuated assets would be converted into cash till market value.
Watches TV: "Very little. Sport and news."
Reads: "Books in the holidays. Mankell is always good. Otherwise business newspapers."
Hidden talent: "Don't know. I got a quite big talent in tennis which I utilized next to entirely. This I should be satisfied with."
Is proud of: "What I achieved in tennis. Try to be a good citizen. And to have a healthy family."
Regrets: Nothing special. Offered some things for tennis but got back many other things. I'm satisfied with my life so far.
Currently: Every year around now we remember his victories in Wimbledon 1988 and 1990.
- Stefan Edberg & Tony Pickard Mr Class and his teacher
- "I am a happy person"
- Edberg to BBC: "Federer is the greatest in my eyes"
- Edberg: "No one thought Federer and Nadal would be here today"
- Game, set and cash to Edberg
- Stefan Edberg: why I swapped tennis for finance
- Stefan Edberg: "This is how I got rich with shares"
- Much money takes much time
- Stefan Edberg discloses his stock exchange aces
- Edberg enters helmet market