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.