Thursday, 17 December 2015 16:38
Former Wimbledon referee and supervisor Alan Mills officially retired from tennis this month, with a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall during the London stage of the ATP Champions Tour.
On that occasion, he was a special guest of The Tennis Podcast for their final release of 2015.
Presenter David Law asked him to single out a player that impressed him the most throughout his long journey in the world of tennis. Mr Mills chose Rod Laver as a player to watch and Stefan Edberg and Pat Rafter for their attitude.
In particular, he wanted to recall an episode concerning Stefan, happened 25 years ago in Miami, that once again reminds us all of how great a sportsman the Swede is.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 20:34
from ATP World Tour.com
The ceremony underlined the Swede’s illustrious playing career, during which he recorded 806 wins, won 41 titles and attained number one in the Emirates ATP Rankings in both singles and doubles. The serve-and-volleyer reached the final of all four Grand Slam events, winning six in total. He defeated nemesis Boris Becker to capture the 1989 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and finished runner-up to Andre Agassi the following year.
The London resident is now in the midst of a successful second career in tennis, coaching World No. 3 Roger Federer, who has already qualified for the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals by winning his first two round-robin matches in straight sets.
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:45
Some pictures from last October 28th, when the staff of the Israeli start-up Playsight was hosted by Stefan Edberg and Magnus Larsson at the Södra Climate Arena in Växiö for a demonstration with some members of the Ready Play Tennis Academy.
Back in 2013, the Climate Arena was one of the first facilities in the world to install the Smart Court technology for the analysis ot tennis data, an application that is becoming more and more helpful for coaches and players.
Thursday, 08 October 2015 18:34
Invited to a literature festival at Cheltenham, England, to promote his new book, Boris Becker met the media and, twelve years after the first time, talked once more about his assumption of sleeping pills in the early '90s.
As vintage tennis fans and long time readers of this website will know, the German revealed this hard moment of his life in his 2003 autobiography "Boris Becker - The player". To stand the pressure of the expectations of an entire nation, Becker abused sleeping pills for five years in his professional career and this addiction, in his words, influenced the result of his 1990 Wimbledon final against Stefan Edberg.
At the Times Forum in Cheltenham last Monday, the former world number one recalled that period of his life.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:42
from The Challenge (Arnesen-Tennis)
Elias Ymer with Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg after a Wimbledon practice session (picture opencourt.ca)
Elias Ymer will probably live the greatest adventure in his life. After the SkiStar Swedish Open tournament, the 19-year-old from Sweden will take part in a training camp with Roger Federer.
- It's great and it will be great to learn from the best of all time, says Elias.
During Wimbledon, the Swedish future hope had the chance to hit with Federer before a match and the 17-time Grand Slam champion liked what he saw in Elias, who will now be the sparring partner of the world number two in a three-day camp in Zurich.
- It was Stefan (Federer's coach, Stefan Edberg) who asked me, says Elias who obviously did not need thinking twice before saying yes.
- I have two weeks off after Båstad. Roger is the greatest in history and to have the opportunity to train with him is amazing. When Stefan texted me at Wimbledon and asked if I could hit with Roger the day after I felt both amused and nervous. When we stood there, I thought, "Hey, I am standing and hitting balls with Roger Federer that I saw on TV thousands of times."
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 14:46
by Mauro Cappiello
STE…fans celebrates its 14th anniversary today and like last year we didn’t receive the gift of seeing Stefan Edberg win another Wimbledon trophy, as Roger Federer’s coach, but we were rewarded hitting the amazing target of 50,000 fans on Facebook.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:39
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg with Mikael Ymer, winner of the 2014 scholarship awarded by the SE Foundation
In some years from now, Sweden will recall the 2015 edition of Wimbledon not only for the massive presence and good results of home coaches (Edberg, Bjorkman, Norman), but also for what might be one of the early signs of a Swedish tennis reinassance.
The sixteen-year-old Mikael Ymer played the final of the junior event, losing in straight sets to American Reilly Opelka.
Mikael, younger son of 19-year-old Elias Ymer who has already got a world singles rank of number 132, only realised at the very last moment he had missed the deadline to join the tournament, so the All England Club decided to give him a wild card into the main draw. He exploited this opportunity reaching the Championship match without losing a set along the way.
Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:26
by Mauro Cappiello
Ops, Boris Becker did it again... Like his first autobiography, published in 2003 and internationally known with the title "The Player", also his new book has raised a lot of reactions.
In the blosson of the newly extended grasscourt season, with only a few days left to the start of the Championships, Becker launched the volume "Wimbledon: My Life and Career at the All England Club." But more than the German's narration of his three trophies and four finals at SW19, what caught the media attention were the book contents anticipated by English daily "The Telegraph", especially his comparisons between today's and yesterday's tennis worlds and some "behind the scenes" connected to his new role as coach of Novak Djokovic.
If one may agree that today's players are limited by too many rules preventing them from being themselves on court, fans and commentators were left wondering about the need of the German's comments on the relationship between the current world number one and Roger Federer.
Friday, 22 May 2015 17:17
Swedish tennis is still alive. A wave of former Swedish professionals are on the Tour, as coaches for several of the world's best players. The tennis world is talking about the Swedish phenomenon. - It is a completely unique situation, says Stefan Edberg.
Comparing athletes over time is always a dilemma. But experts are unanimous: the tennis world is going through a special age. We are witnessing some of the sport's best ever at the same time. And behind many of the big players' development there is a Swedish coach.
Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer during a hitting session at the French Open
When Roger Federer started his cooperation with Stefan Edberg his tennis has reborn. With Magnus Norman, eternal promise Stanislas Wawrinka has become a Grand Slam winner. Since Andy Murray chose Jonas Bjorkman, he has won ten straight matches.
In addition, Thomas Johansson and Joakim Nyström have been given the task of refining two of the world's greatest tennis talents this summer.
Tennis world has been amazed by the wave of the Swedish coaches. Three weeks ago Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport dedicated a special to explaining the Swedish model. On Monday, Sky Sports Uk analyzed the phenomenon: "Now, Sweden is better known for being behind the world's best coaches. They put a huge emphasis on quality, concentration, attitude, respect and energy that transforms good players to great champions," reads the article.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:20
from La Gazzetta dello Sport (issue of April 30th, 2015)
Yesterday's tennis greats have been recycled as successful coaches. Federer, Murray, Wawrinka: the Scandinavian school is a trend.
At first it was Lennart Bergelin, a good tennis player turned into Björn Borg's guide. Then came John-Anders Sjögren, a coach who loved details, father of the versatile Mats Wilander. Then, Swedish instructors with Swedish athletes only have produced the bum of phenomena of will and application, the epic of Borg's grandchildren, and 6 consecutive Davis Cup finals (from '84 to '89), a burst of Grand Slam triumphs and the dominance in the "top ten."
After that there was oblivion and now the first Swede in the world professional ranking, Elias Ymer, is only at number 171. Will they return in vogue? Hard to say, as long as golf will be more popular than the racket.
Meanwhile, the greats of yesterday's tennis were recycled as coaches. In 2001, the king of 7 Majors and former n. 1, Wilander, has pioneered the trend, first with Marat Safin and then with Wayne Ferreira, Tatiana Golovin and Paul-Henri Mathieu. Only to later divert towards a career of tv commentator: as a coach, he was too ego-centric.
His "twin", Joakim Nyström, former number 7 in singles and doubles champion at Wimbledon, was maybe too resigned, instead, coaching good, but not excellent professionals, like Jarkko Nieminen, Jurgen Melzer and Jack Sock.