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"If I play like I did here in Madrid I have got no doubt about my chances of winning the Roland Garros, my goal for this season" - Stefan Edberg on his state of form before the 1993 French Open. Read the article

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"My first time in Turkey"

from Manavgat Haber Merkezi.com
translated into English by Rasim Oskay KOCAOĞLU

Six times Grand Slam singles winner, world famous Swedish tennis player Stefan Edberg came to Turkey to play an exhibition match.


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.

“It is my first time in Turkey”
Stefan Edberg said it was his first visit to Turkey and he liked Antalya and Manavgat very much. He also cited that many people he knew from Sweden were coming to Antalya for vacation. “My acquaintances had told me that Turkey was a very beautiful country. However, i couldn’t have the chance to come to Turkey for different reasons. Now i see that your country is as beautiful as i was told”, said Edberg. He was asked whether he followed any Turkish players or not before today. “I often follow the players in the top 100, but less those in the top 200 in professional tennis. That’s why i didn’t watch any Turkish players so far”, said Edberg.

 

"With Roger and Rafa, we saw the golden age of tennis"

from Le Temps.ch
by Isabelle Musy
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


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.

At 46, Stefan Edberg still has traces of a spectacular attack game that made him a world leader and winner of six Grand Slam titles. Friday night at the Zurich Open - tournament of former champions - he served some balls at 187 km/ h against a Henri Leconte forced to give up after two sets. After his shower, the Swede took the time to have this interview. To talk about his new life, the evolution of the game in general and especially Roger Federer.

- Le Temps: Unlike others, for example Mats Wilander, we no longer see you on the Tour that often. What is your new life like?
- Stefan Edberg: I ​​have been very busy since I've quit playing tennis. It keeps on occupying a small part of my life, because I practice several times a week. But I do it for fun, keep fit and participate occasionally in tournaments like this on the ATP Champions Tour. Otherwise, I have a family. Two children, 18 and 15 years old, with whom I spent much time in the last 15 years. And on the business side, I am running a finance company I'm highly involved in. It took me between 10 and 15 years to get to know and understand the functioning of markets. I also have a business in real estate. I have not stopped since retiring from the circuit and then I got to that stage where I try to reduce some activities. I feel it is time to relax more. I am conscious of having the privilege of choosing what I do with my life, which is not the case for most people. I can decide if I want to work hard or not.

 

It was better before


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.

 

Many fond memories for Stefan

from Västerviks Tidningen
by Malin Belfrage
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

He is one of the favourites and won the opening match of the Kings of Tennis.

«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.

Edberg was born and raised in Västervik. At age seven he began playing tennis.

«I played both football and ice hockey one season, but chose to focus on tennis rather early. When I was 16 I started to travel and compete, and was not around in Västervik much after that. Two years later I moved to London where I lived for 16 years», says Stefan, who was the brightest star in the junior side in the early 1980's.

«But before he became too good little Stefan traveled to Tranås and got beaten by me», says two years older Mats Wilander and laughs.

 

"It was a crazy situation"

from Aftonbladet.se
by Stefan Holm
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

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.

 
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