Monday, 21 November 2016 17:48
Before the ATP World Tour Finals Championship match between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, Stefan Edberg was invited by BBC to preview the final showdown (that would also award the year-end number 1 spot for 2016) in the studio with Sue Barker and Tim Henman.
The Swede analysed both players' chances and the meaning of being at the top of the ranking at the end of the season, especially in such an important occasion: in fact, it was the first time in the history of men's tennis that the year-end ranking leader was decided in the last match of the season between the two contenders.
Saturday, 12 November 2016 19:46
from ATP World Tour.com
Stefan Edberg in action during his 1989 New York Masters final against Boris Becker
Stefan Edberg will make a welcome return to The O2 in London next week as part of the ATP’s Finals Club, which this year celebrates Barclays ATP World Tour Finals competitors in the 1980s.
Having qualified for nine straight year-end championships in New York City and Frankfurt, between 1985 and 1994, the Swede continues to marvel at the growth of the prestigious event.
“This has become one of the best events to visit as a spectator,” Edberg told ATPWorldTour.com. “You don’t have to deal with rain, you’re guaranteed two great matches each day and everything runs well.
“It was mostly about the Grand Slams in my generation, but I think this championship and the [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000 events have so much importance to them now, which is great. That’s how it should be.”
Thursday, 10 November 2016 12:09
Stefan Edberg was interviewed by Espndeportes.com and gave his view on the change at the top of the men's ranking, with Novak Djokovic being passed by Andy Murray at world number 1.
"It was a little surprising that Andy reached No. 1 by the end of the year, but he had a great season and was playing great tennis lately," he said on the Scot.
"However, Djokovic will not step aside. His reign as world number one was great and he had a great year as well. But it's normal to see new people challenging him for the first place," added Stefan.
Monday, 31 October 2016 15:11
Stefan Edberg, 50, still believes and hopes for Roger Federer to win yet another Grand Slam title. For Sport Expressen the tennis legend talks about his support to his former protégé, his faith in the future of Swedish tennis and his view of tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios. “It’s with mixed feelings that I see him,” said Edberg.
For twenty years six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg has given back to Swedish tennis through his foundation. Each year, he has praised the four more promising Swedish juniors - a guy and a girl of the 14-year-old class (SEK 25,000 each) and 16-year-old class (SEK 50,000 each), with a check from the Edberg Foundation.
The winners are determined by a point system based on results in the Swedish Junior Championships, SALK Open and Bastad Open.
“The idea is to give juniors the same opportunity I had in my time. It is very costly to go out and play. Sure you can write a check and say 'Here you are', but this feels more right and more long term. We can reach much greater targets,” said Edberg.
Friday, 12 August 2016 15:06
Stefan Edberg with Seoul silver medallist Tim Mayotte and tied bronze medallist Brad Gilbert during the medal ceremony
Stefan Edberg shared his memories about his Olympic experience in a special publication issued by the ITF for Rio 2016, collecting words from all the tennis players who were awarded a medal since tennis officially became part of the Games in Seoul in 1988.
It does feel good to be an Olympic medallist. At the time, I was quite disappointed in 1988 with the bronze medals. I was really looking for the gold medal. I gave it a shot in 1992, clay court wasn’t my best surface at the time and I got knocked out there. It wasn’t the end of the world.
Looking back, it was very nice. I remember five or ten years ago, my kids were in school and they could bring some medals to the school because it was an Olympic year. I took the medals to the school to show them and they could have a look at them and see what the real thing is. I told them about when I was playing in the Olympics. You could come out and show the young people some real Olympic medals which probably a lot of school kids hadn’t seen. It was a nice thing to tell a story about being part of the Olympics. You are part of history in the Olympics. It was the local school where I live now in Vaxjo.
Thursday, 16 June 2016 22:53
from ITF Tennis.com
Stefan Edberg with Anders Jarryd and the doubles medalists of the 1988 Olympic Games
Former world number one and great ambassador of a classic serve and volley tennis in the '80s, the Swede Stefan Edberg is one of the rare athletes who can complain to have won an Olympic gold medal in one of the few editions where tennis was not yet formally accepted as an Olympic sport, but only as an exhibition event.
This happened in Los Angeles 1984, the year in which the sport was again present as a demonstration, like in 1968.
On American soil, the Swede took the gold in singles, but he did not have the same luck when, four years later at the official Olympic event, he "just" could take two bronze medals in Seoul '88.
Friday, 13 May 2016 16:24
Stefan Edberg talks during the breakfast meeting at the Kristianstad Arena
Peter "Foppa" Forsberg recently won this year's Mästarnas Mästare. Stefan Edberg has a standing invitation to the TV show - but has so far declined. - Sometimes I look at the program, but it is not a natural environment for me and then I will decline, says the tennis legend who visited Kristianstad Arena during a breakfast meeting.
Stefan Edberg was invited by Marknadsföreningen NordostSkåne and Sparbanken Skåne as the meeting host and the interest was huge to say the least. The restaurant in Kristianstad Arena was packed when Håcan Nilsson began talking with Stefan Edberg.
So, during a very entertaining hour Stefan Edberg told anecdotes from his active career, but we also got a glimpse of what life the former world number one is living today.
Sunday, 27 March 2016 12:13
from Göteborgs Posten
He is our last world number one, but today he wants to "act without being seen" ... Nevertheless, two years ago he accepted the most prestigious job in the tennis world: to coach Roger Federer... "It was as if we had known each other all our lives," says Stefan Edberg of his first meeting with the greatest in tennis history.
Stefan Edberg with Magnus Gustafsson (photo Joel Marklund)
During his career, Stefan Edberg was known as a gentleman, a humble and correct perfectionist who left the big gestures behind and let the serve&volley game speak to the world tennis venues. An image that initially earned him the epithet of dull, but gradually won more and more respect, especially in London, which became his hometown as a 18-year-old and where he met Boris Becker in the Wimbledon final for three years in a row (1988-1990). He won two of them and the Londoners adopted that same shy Swede. In Sweden he won the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1990 and inspired all the young players to to go to the net after their serve.
The 50-year-old who walks into the Ullevi Tennis Klubb in March 2016 is essentially the same Stefan Edberg who won 41 singles titles during the ‘80s and ‘90s: well groomed, polite and unwilling to be at the center - although he is undoubtedly the star of this evening.
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 18:23
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.
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 17:55
JÖNKÖPING - As the RC Open is currently underway at the Racquet Centre, we talked to former world number one Stefan Edberg about the crazy shape of the Swedish tennis curve. - We got lost in development, he analyzes.
- It is important that we go to the bottom of things and find a way forward again, - says the man from Småland during an interview on the spot in the buzz around the mini tennis tournament.
It is as if time has stood still when you meet Edberg. Or as if the clock had stopped. Honestly, the 50-year-old sports star is not more colorful now than he was off the tennis court at the time.
But no one can take away from him the world number one he has been, as well as the aura of one of the last classic serve and volley specialists.