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"It's a special award and an honor for me. But I say to myself that I'm just too young to have that prize named after me. But I think in just a few years time the prize will be renamed after Roger Federer, because he's already got it so many times..." - Stefan Edberg on the Sportsmanship Award. Read the interview

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Edberg not interested in Tennis Federation role

from The Challenge (Arnesen-Tennis)
by Jonas Arnesen
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Four years after he was involved in a bank scandal, Stefan Dahlbo will resign as chairman of the Swedish Tennis Federation. Some twenty days ago, Journalist Jonas Arnesen, one of the most authoritative tennis writers in Sweden, contacted Stefan Edberg to hear if he would be interested in replacing him. (m.c.)

Lots of readers of "Challenge" messaged and emailed me the same thing in recent weeks: Stefan Edberg should be elected new chairman of the Swedish Tennis Federation. I think it would have been an excellent choice. But unfortunately: «The President has an important role but no, it's not for me. I'm already helping Swedish tennis the way I want to and the way I can,» says Stefan to the Challenge.

Clear signals from the former world number one as the Nominating Committee may hold back the call (if they were ever supposed to call).

Stefan is just the kind of leader that the union needs to repair its tarnished reputation.

 

Stefan Edberg at the Wilson stand

from Courier Mail.com.au
by David Swan

Tennis great and Roger Federer's coach Stefan Edberg was on hand to launch Wilson's new racquet range.

The Internet of Things has promised to connect devices from across our households and the tennis court is evidently not immune, with Wilson launching its new range of smart sensor racquets at the Australian Open.

The new racquets, which feature Sony's proprietary Smart Tennis Sensor, wirelessly connect with smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth technology with performance data spontaneously visualised through an iOS and Android application.

Alongside showcasing real-time visualisations of swings including heat mapping and stats, the app can record rallies while simultaneously displaying shot metrics. The Smart Tennis Sensor also features social features that allow players to turns single and double player matches or practice sessions into an instant sharable experience across social media.

Former world number one and Roger Federer's current coach Stefan Edberg was on deck to help launch the new racquets, and said he thought technology was slow to come to tennis but that it was changing the game for the better.

 

Stefan Edberg about his backhand in 2003

The recent Rogers Cup conference call was not the first time that Stefan Edberg made "proud statements" on his backhand.

Eleven years ago, after a Queen's Club exhibition in London against Boris Becker (held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the tournament), he and Boris talked to Sue Barker of BBC in a side court interview.

Look, at minute 1:34, what the Swede replied when asked about how well his backhand was keeping up, in spite of time passing by. (m.c.)

 

Stefan Edberg's Rogers Cup conference call

Transcript by Mauro Cappiello
Thanks to Tennis Canada for the audio file and Francesca Sarzetto for the media contact

Journalist: Hi Stefan, I was wondering if there were any moments of playing against Canadians or playing in Canada in general that stand up for you during your playing career.

Stefan Edberg: Obviously I've played the tournament quite a few times, but I've also played Davis Cup up in Vancouver and actually the one that I do remember was the shocking defeat against Daniel Nestor at the time, but we won the tie, and obviously I remember all the finals that I played in the Canadian Open as well. But overall it's been quite positive, always enjoyed the time playing in Canada. It's a very well organized tournament, it was in the past and I'm sure it is today as well.

 

From Åhus to Wimbledon

From Kristianstadsbladet.se
by Simon Sjöstrand
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


Stefan Edberg watches his son Christopher play in the Summer Tour in Åhus

Åhus. On Tuesday afternoon, he visited Åhus to support his son in the Summer Tour. In the evening he took the flight to England to coach Roger Federer for his eighth Wimbledon title. Stefan Edberg happy with his new life. "It is charming to come to a summer place like this," said the former world number one.

The Summer Tour was distinguished by the presence of 17-year-old Christopher Edberg. He played the tournament before the eyes of father Stefan, who visited Åhus for the first time.

- The courts are very nice down here by the sea. A nice facility, says Stefan Edberg, who was ranked number one in the world in 1991-92.

 
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