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"I won five matches and the title, which is most important of all. But I also gained a lot of confidence and worked on improving my serve and my game in general" - Stefan Edberg after his victory in Washington in 1994. Read the article

Interviews

«I see myself in Federer»

In an interview from March of last year released by "A Bola" in Lagos, Portugal, during the inauguration of the Cascade Resort Sports Academy, Stefan Edberg speaks of his life after tennis, today's game and Agassi's biography "Open".

from A Bola (March 26th, 2010)
by Nuno Paralvas
Translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

The former tennis star spoke like on court: calm, articulate, rational, sober and assertive. He quit playing 14 years ago but keeps an eye out for tennis, having fun in some tournaments for veterans. But little else. He dedicates more time to business and also prefers that his children not follow his footsteps. Find out why...


Stefan's interview with "La Bola"

- You quit tennis in 1996 after a career of great success. How did you first fill your free time?
I spend most of my time in Sweden, where I live. My children go to school, I bring them and get them often. I do not travel a lot and I dedicate myself to my main job, which has to do with financial products and real estate. Tennis is still part of my life, but now less significantly than before.

- Do you miss it?
To be honest ... not! Maybe people think I should miss playing at the highest level. It was very good to have had the opportunity to play professional tennis, but a career lasts 10 or 15 years and there are other things to do in life. I felt the need to quit but I’ve always maintained some contacts. I didn’t leave tennis completely, I still have the pleasure to practice and play. It's good to play just one hour, sweat a bit. I feel good and that's what I do every week.

- How old are your children?
My son Christopher is 13 and my daughter Emilie 17.

- Needless to ask if they play tennis.
[Laughs] Christopher does, Emilie doesn’t.

 

Edberg backs Clijsters for Australian Open

HONG KONG, Jan 8, 2011 (AFP) - - Swedish tennis legend Stefan Edberg backed three-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters on Saturday to continue her raid on the majors in the Australian Open.

Edberg made the prediction during an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong as Danish world number one Caroline Wozniacki was being thrashed in straight sets by second-placed Vera Zvonareva, with both preparing for the Grand Slam starting in Melbourne on January 17.

Clijsters, not in Hong Kong, is ranked third behind the Dane and the Russian, but former serve-volley master Edberg said the Belgian had her nose in front as the only woman in contention to have previously won a major.

"It's a tough call," Edberg said, adding that any one of the three could win. "Clijsters obviously has the edge because she has won the big ones. She's a little bit more of a favourite, I would imagine."

 

«It very often seethed inside me»

from Tennismagazin (August issue)
by Tim Böseler
contributed and translated into English by Doris



His duels with Boris Becker are legendary, his volleys were extraordinary: Stefan Edberg about his German rival, modern tennis and Swedish equality


Tennis Magazin (August 2010)

Mr. Edberg, have you already congratulated your old rival Boris Becker?

Congratulated? Why?

He has become a father again in February.

Oh, that you mean. No, I haven’t congratulated him for this. We don’t have a close contact and see each other only seldom. In November 2009 we met the last time in London. He told me then that he would become a father again. He made a very happy impression.

You played 35 times against Boris Becker. Why have those duels been so thrilling?

We were different chracters. I was reserved and introverted. Boris was the exact opposite: irascible and emotional.

The man of few words against the wild man.

One can outline it like this. We both played at the same time very good in Wimbledon. We inspired each other to a high level of performances. Without him I would have developed differently – and he probably also without me.

 

Stefan Edberg supports young tennis promises


Stefan Edberg in Båstad

from Hd.se
by Göran Stenberg
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello (with Google translator)

Every summer tennis legend Stefan Edberg talks and plays with people genuinely interested in tennis. The aim is to raise money for youth tennis.

Båstad. The rain pours down over the tennis facility. At the main entrance of Laholms TK there are Ingemar Ingmarson and other participants who will play doubles with some of yesterday's tennis pros. Stefan Edberg is the most credited. It is also him who is the host.

«Stefan Edberg Foundation has been around for almost 15 years. We invite companies during the week. We play and watch tennis, for those who want it there will be a round of golf too».

The aim is to raise money for the foundation. In the current situation, there are about seven millions in cash and up to now it has awarded four millions to promising young tennis players in the form of scholarships.

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«Federer is not so dominant anymore»

from Spox.com
by Florian Regelmann
translated into English by La Zingara

Stefan Edberg became a legend with two Wimbledon titles. SPOX spoke with the Swede before the start of Wimbledon about his matches against Boris Becker, Roger Federer’s problems and Leeds United


Edberg and Becker before the 1990 Wimbledon final

SPOX: Mr. Edberg, simple question to start: What do you really do now?
Edberg: Tennis is only a small part of my life. Although, I try to play three times a week and I also take part of a few tournaments on the Champions Tour, but that’s all. I take care of my investment company in Sweden. I can live a normal life there. It's all very relaxed.

SPOX: When the German tennis fans think back of you, they have in their memory your three Wimbledon finals against Boris Becker. It started in 1988 when you won in four sets.
Edberg: Playing three consecutive finals, of course, was a fantastic thing. I still remember very well how I reached the first final against Boris. The quarterfinals were against Patrik Kühnen and then, I came back from two sets down against Miloslav Mecir in the semifinals. I had absolutely nothing to lose in the final. The first Wimbledon victory is always something very special. I saw Bjorn Borg win Wimbledon five times – that made it also a very special and very sweet moment to me.

 
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