Saturday, 23 June 2012 10:30
Meeting one's idol after 20 years of passion. We would have loved to measure Mauro Cappiello's heart beats when, some ten days ago, he was about to shake hands with Stefan Edberg. The event happened at the tournament of Halle, where the former Swedish champion played a show-match with Michael Stich, Martina Navratilova and Anastasia Myskina. Cappiello left Italy for a trip to Westphalia, where he was given a red carpet treatment. Even without press credential, the tournament staff allowed him to attend the press conference and to meet Edberg. There was a brief chat and the delivery of a plaque with the screenshot of the site http://stefanstennis.free.fr. Historical site, that Cappiello created and runs tirelessly. It's a community of fans of the great Swedish champion, whose retirement is outdated (he quit playing in 1996), but did not extinguish the passion of those who continue to follow him day after day, event after event. "Stefan did not know the site, he appreciated and laughed when he saw me. I wore the Adidas outfit he had when he won the Australian Open in 1987", says Cappiello, 32 years old, 20 of which spent to root for the Swede. A bombproof passion, because he could follow in person only the last years of Edberg's career, for obvious... anagraphical reasons. «Oh yes, I was too young». His passion for the Blond Angel started between 1990 and 1991 and accompanied him up to now.
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 15:28
Stefan Edberg interviewed in Hannover
At the 16th passive house conference in Hannover, Stefan Edberg was interviewed on his low environmental impact tennis hall project in Växjö. The arena, that will be the first internationally certified passive tennis hall, will be ready this summer, will have four courts and will be almost completely made in wood.
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:11
by Mauro Cappiello
Filip Bergevi with Stefan Edberg in Zurich
Blond and shy, Filip Bergevi doesn’t look much too different from most of the Swedes that flooded the ATP Tour in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Just ten days ago he turned 18 and, at the moment, he’s one of the most promising Vikings. We reached him through Facebook in March. He was in Zurich, where he played “junior-senior doubles” along with Stefan Edberg. In this interview we wanted to discover more about one of the future protagonists of Swedish and, hopefully, world tennis. And, last but not least, to have his impressions on Stefan…
Filip, tell us what kind of experience is playing with some of the tennis legends in the same event.
Of course it is a great experience and a lot of fun. To play with a legend and a player that has been no.1 in the world is amazing.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:10
from South China Morning Post.com
Sven Goran Eriksson and Stefan Edberg in Lagos
Football, freshseafood and fabulous beaches are waiting to be discovered in the often overlooked region of Western Algarve.
High up on an ochre cliff overlooking the cobalt blue Atlantic Ocean stands a stately hotel. In the quiet grounds of manicured lawns and palm trees all seems restful. A woman lolls on a white lounger, her image reflected in the still swimming pool, and a waiter arrives with a tray of ice-cold refreshments. But just a minute away from this tranquil scene is a very different sight. More than a dozen men in training whites are working up a sweat on a full-sized football pitch.
Lounging is the last thing on their minds. Cascade, just outside Lagos in the Western Algarve region of Portugal, is no ordinary five-star hotel. The resort offers facilities for relaxation, including a spa and gourmet restaurant, but also several sports academies, a gym and a medical centre staffed to treat any sporting injuries that might occur.
The football academy is headed by Sweden's Sven-Göran Eriksson. "Swiss businessman Urs Wild presented the idea to me," says Eriksson. "He had run hotels in the region before, but was keen to do something different and came up with the idea of a hotel with professional facilities for football, golf and tennis. I jumped on it." This winter the first professional teams arrived to take advantage of the facilities.
Thursday, 05 April 2012 20:38
from Manavgat Haber Merkezi.com
Stefan Edberg during the press conference
(29.03.2012) Stefan Edberg played an exhibition match during the 9th International Wilson Seniors Open Tennis Tournament which took place in Ali Bey Club Manavgat facilty. Edberg held a press conference for foreign journalists. Akdeniz News was the only Turkish agency that followed the press conference.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 18:33
from Le Temps.ch
Stefan Edberg in Zurich
Now a businessman, Stefan Edberg lives away from the circuit. In Zurich, where he was playing the tournament of former champions, the Swede has spoken. About his life and the evolution of the sport.
Friday, 16 March 2012 17:51
Stefan Edberg interviewed by Västerviks Tidningen
from Västerviks Tidningen
There's lack of Swedish tennis players in the world elite.
Björn Borg, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Anders Järryd, Magnus Larsson, Nicklas Kulti, Magnus Norman, Jonas Björkman, Thomas Johansson and Thomas Enqvist. The list is actually even longer and it has not been particularly difficult to put together a world class Davis Cup team for Sweden. Until now.
Joachim "Pim-Pim" Johansson and Andreas Vinciguerra appeared as two redeeming Lucky Luke-shots at the beginning of the 2000s, but disappeared almost faster than their own shadows because of injuries.
What happened to the Swedish tennis?
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:14
from Västerviks Tidningen
«You have 20 minutes», said press officer when one of the greatest athletes ever was walking in the hallway on the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre. Västervik son Stefan Edberg sat down on the sofa opposite me and took a snack with VT.
Friday, 10 February 2012 19:56
No one believes in Sweden for the Davis Cup match against Serbia. It was better before, when coaches were forced to discard the top 10 players. - It's absolutely crazy, but that was the situation for some years, remembers Stefan Edberg.
The Swedish team that won the Davis Cup in 1987
From 1983 to 1989 Sweden played seven straight finals. How was it possible?
He remembers it like yesterday, how he sat in front of the tv on the upper floor of his villa in Västervik. The black and white photos of the Kungliga Tennishallen showed how his childhood hero, a 19 year old guy with headband, made history.
Stefan Edberg was only nine years old back then, but if he closes his eyes he can see how Björn Borg defeats Jan Kodes and throws himself into Lennart Bergelin's arms.
His victory meant that Sweden gained an unassailable 3-1 lead against Czechoslovakia and for the first time won the Davis Cup.
It was on Sunday December 21st, 1975.
Monday, 30 January 2012 16:40
In this interview released just after the 2012 Australian Open semifinal between Federer and Nadal, Stefan Edberg talks to the BBC about the match and about Andy Murray's chances to win the tournament.
But his prediction didn't come true...