Saturday, 21 November 2009 20:57
He's a guy from the old school. Carefully arranged hair, as well as sleek appearance that complements a shirt with a collar. Six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg even at forty-three has lost none of his nobleness, which made him a crowd favorite and caused ATP to name the Sportsmanship award after him.
No wonder that the Swedish star has a career in business today. Edberg told not only that before today's performance at the exhibition Advantage Tennis in an exclusive interview for Sport and MF Dnes.
You have the reputation of a great tennis gentleman. When did you last go mad during a tennis match?
"It’s been a long time... (laughs) You can get annoyed for many reasons. When I played, I was able to get angry with myself. But of course not as bad as John McEnroe. Last time I went crazy with myself on the court was when I was a junior. I was some sixteen, I threw the racket against the wall and destroyed it. Then I was no longer pissed because of tennis in my life. Then I said this was not necessary and it would not happen again.
You had a similar path as Roger Federer, who turned to a gentleman of the courts out of an angry guy...
"Yes, I see some things that I have shared with Federer. He is also very calm on the court and off."
Monday, 08 June 2009 18:39
from The Sun online
Thursday, 04 December 2008 21:43
Stefan Edberg with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal during the trophy ceremony of the 2006 French Open
There are moments of happiness for a magazine, a meeting with Stefan Edberg took us to the seventh heaven of the interview.
Absolute class, a rare and precious word, the greatest Swedish serve & volleyer explained the attacking tennis in a garden of the Lagardère Trophy.
This interview that you find here in its entirety will be a page in the "GrandChelem 10" which comes out this Wednesday in the 690 points of our network.
When Federer has unveiled his 2009 program, it is even more relevant.
You came to Paris with your children, is it important to you that they accompany you?
I ended my career in 1996. My daughter was only 3 years old then. This is strange because she’s never really seen me play. So I think my kids will enjoy seeing me a lot.
Thursday, 04 December 2008 15:04
from Grand Chelem
There are moments of happiness for a magazine, a meeting with Stefan Edberg took us to the seventh heaven of the interview. Absolute class, a rare and precious word, the greatest Swedish serve & volleyer explained the attacking tennis in a garden of the Lagardère Trophy.
Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer during theirpractice session at the 2010 Stockholm Open
Stefan, we do not see you as much as Björn and Mats. Mats comments tennis every week. What do you think of the men's tour?
About today’s tennis, my opinion is that Nadal and Federer are dominating in a way we have never seen in the past. They have almost won all the Grand Slam events they have played in recent years and they win almost every tournament they take part in. They are almost always in the final. I think these two are incredible, outstanding players for tennis.
Do you think there is no comparison with your time?
There is no comparison. When I played, there were plenty of players capable of winning a Grand Slam: Courier, Sampras, Agassi, McEnroe, Lendl, all big names who could win titles. Now look, Nadal and Federer share almost everything. Since the 70s, I do not remember seeing it. So my thinking is that these two guys are really good and they are a little better than the others.
"I think he should adopt a more attacking game strategy because now everybody knows how he plays and everyone wants to beat him. If he goes 5 times out of 10 to the net, it will destabilize his opponent"
You have a big French fan called Guy Forget. Two years ago, we asked what Federer should do to beat Rafa. He replied, "If Stefan Edberg was still playing he would beat Nadal 7 times out of 10" because you would make him a first serve and volley and then a second serve and volley, and that throughout the entire match. Do you think the same?
Clearly to beat Nadal, he should not play from the baseline. Because at this game he is the best. To beat him you have to attack, play a different game. I'm really surprised that Roger Federer does not play like that. At Wimbledon, for example, he came to the net once in ten. If I were his coach, I would have asked him to come to the net at least 7 times out of 10 against Nadal, just to break his rhythm. I think you do not have many players who play like I did or as McEnroe or Becker did in attacking first and second. It's a shame because it is very difficult to play against someone who always breaks your rhythm and it's very frustrating. But at the same time it is a very difficult game to play.
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 09:16
Sunday, 30 November 2008 09:06
from Times online
Thursday, 20 November 2008 22:28
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 21:50
Monday, 25 August 2008 10:06
from Deuce magazine