Stefan Edberg interviewed by Västerviks Tidningen
from Västerviks Tidningen
by Malin Belfrage
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
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.
Some time ago half of the Swede were top-ten in the world, today we have one among the top 100, Soderling, ranked 29: after him comes Michael Ryderstedt at the 331st place.
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?
«We hadn't fully understood how good we were before. It is unique really what a fantastic time we had in Sweden in the 80's and 90's. Very probably that was because we had really good coaches. In addition to tennis they were often teachers and that was very educational. There was probably even more time to spend on talent, then», explains Stefan Edberg, who also remarked that it is up to each one.