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"The problem today was that I lost the timing on my returns. I didn't hit enough returns to really make him play. I played three or four bad points, and that cost me the match" - Stefan Edberg on his defeat against Michael Stich in the 1991 Wimbledon semifinal. Read the article

Interviews

Stefan interviewed by the BBC

by Laura Hollom


Stefan Edberg in the Royal Box at the Centre Court in Wimbledon with Tony Pickard and Roger Federer's parents

After watching Roger Federer play on Centre court Stefan Edberg was interviewed by John Inverdale of the BBC. He started off by asking Stefan about his memories of being back at Wimbledon. He said that it brought back many happy memories of the good years at Wimbledon.

Being brought up in Sweden watching Borg win 5 titles was amazing and when he first came to Wimbledon it was the first time he'd seen a grass court .He remembers when he first arrived seeing all the open space and grass courts and feeling the atmosphere was a huge thing at the time. Reminiscing about his first match in the juniors in which he played Boris Becker in the first round, he won that match and in the main draw he then lost in the second round to Henrik Sundstrom. It was then pointed out that it was an amazing synergy that he would play Boris in the juniors and then have his amazing rivalry with him in the years that followed, with the 3 consecutive finals that they both played. He said that Boris was a tough competitor and that he had to play his very best tennis to beat him.

 

Edberg: from dream to reality

from TennisBest.com
by Riccardo Bisti
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello (read the original article in Italian)

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.

 

Stefan talks about his passive arena in Växjö


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.

Stefan Edberg is part of this initiative, financed by the Swedish company Södra, along with former Davis Cup captain Carl-Axel Hakeskog and former top ten player from Sweden Magnus Larsson. The project was made after a contest among two hundred architects. You can watch the interview to Stefan below.

 

«He's one of the smartest players I have seen»

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.

 

On the ball in the Western Algarve

from South China Morning Post.com
by Antonia Windsor


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.

 
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