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...
Sunday, 01 January 2012 14:54
The famous Swedish tennis player says to our paper that Djokovic had a tremendous season, but that something like this only happens once in a lifetime. At the top, however, it is reasonable to expect Novak to remain number one. Everything will be clear already after the first three months of the new year, says former number one, Swede Stefan Edberg.
Novak Djokovic with the 2012 Mubadala Abu Dhabi Tennis Championship trophy
Once in a lifetime! Former Swedish world best tennis player Stefan Edberg described with these words Novak Djokovic's marvelous results in 2011. Edberg, who during his career won six Grand Slam titles, has admitted in an exclusive interview with "Press" he was impressed with what Novak did in the season behind us.
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 17:34
from Kronen Zeitung (24/02/2010)
Stefan Edberg interviewed by Gernot Gsellmann
Calm, sun and snow: ex-ATP Number 1 Stefan Edberg for the first time on holidays in Tirol.
“Please, where do you want to sit ?”
Even if he already had to give thousand of interviews, he never lost the Scandinavian kindness and politeness. And after putting an end to his career, he looks even more thoughtful. “I just enjoy life, at home in Växjö, or here in St Leonhard.”
The former number 1 and six-times Gran Slam winner spends his holidays in Pitztal (Tirol) with nine people, including his wife Annette and kids Emelie (16) and Christopher (13). Gernot Gsellmann talked to the 44 years old Swedish “Sir” about his past, present and future.
- What brought you to Pitztal ?
My friend Günther Müller. He organized this ski week. He found the perfect hotel for us in Kirchenwert. Quiet, family-friendly and really comfortable.
Saturday, 15 October 2011 09:24
Former world champion Stefan Edberg calls for more diversity in today's tennis. «A little more serve and volley game is the only thing I miss for an even greater entertainment», says the 45-year-old player from Småland (a Southern province in Sweden, annotation), who tomorrow plays an exhibition match at the Kungliga Tennishallen.
An aggressive yet soft and attacking play characterized Edberg, whose retirement meant the end of the great successes for truly serve and volley players. Australian Patrick Rafter and Britain's Tim Henman still played that style a few more years, but encountered obstacles in the form of slower balls and surfaces.
«With the softer balls that are available today, it is harder to play serve and volley. But I think it would succeed and that it also could give anyone trying it an advantage, because many today block the returns. It's a shame that it has almost disappeared from tennis», says Edberg, who still does not think it was better before.