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.
Monday, 04 May 2015 09:32
In the past few days, German website Tennisnet.com has anticipated some excerpts of "111 Gründe, Tennis zu lieben" ("111 reasons to love tennis"), a book written by journalist and tennis coach Florian Goosmann. One of the chapters is dedicated to Stefan Edberg's serve and volley. Here's the English translation.
Because Stefan Edberg played the most elegant serve & volley of all time
His best ball looked so harmless, as he played it ice-cold. Not his first serve. Not the killing volley. But the first volley. The one after his serve. Stefan Edberg was always that one step further, faster. In the area of the tennis court, where a step more or less makes all the difference in the world. In the area of the tennis court, where most tennis players feel as uncomfortable as a non-swimmer without ground contact. Only Edberg felt the ground under his feet right there, knew exactly where he stood. And with each volley it was like a poet moving to the net. If he needed several volleys.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 14:39
Stefan Edberg and Annette Olsen in the Royal Box during the 2013 edition of the Championships
Yesterday in London, in the spring press conference which is held each year two months before the start of the tournament, important details were released about the 2015 edition of the Championships at Wimbledon.
The tournament will be played one week later than usual, due to the introduction of a new week of grasscourt build-up, after the French Open. There will be new facilities for players, courts 14 and 15 will be back in use and the Hawk-Eye technology will be extended to six courts, also covering courts n. 12 and 18. This year's prizemoney will be increased of 7%, bringing the cheque for the men's and women's singles champions to £1,88m (€2,6m - $2,8m).
Sunday, 26 April 2015 14:17
Percy Rosberg coaching Swedish youngsters Tsegai Gebremeskel and Rafael Ymer (picture © Johan Kindbom)
Former coach of Björn Borg and Stefan Edberg, Percy Rosberg, has been engaged by Stockholm's Salk, one of the oldest tennis clubs in Sweden, to sharpen the technique of a selected group of Swedish young players.
"For years I have said that our juniors have flaws in technique. Without all five strokes, it's a suicide to go out and play at an international level," Rosberg said in an interview by Monika Ruborg of Swedish newspaper "Mitt i Stockholm".
Although he has been involved in the game for the last 70 years, Rosberg, now 82, still hasn't had enough of tennis.
After discovering Borg's talent, he has been Stefan Edberg's teenage coach, in the years when the six time Grand Slam champion shifted from a double to a single-handed backhand. It was Rosberg who encouraged this choice, believing Edberg could exploit his offensive potential in a better way.
Monday, 30 March 2015 14:53
Roger Federer's coach took sides in a dispute opposing a tennis and a golf club in the region of Var. With former rugby player Jean-Pierre Rives supporting him.
Stefan Edberg with his former sparring partner Arnaud Deleval in a picture taken in recent years
The town of Grimaud extends between the green hills and the shores of the Mediterranean. In this enchanting context of Var, near Saint-Tropez, an amazing conflict between a golf and a tennis club is taking place, worthy of an episode of the M6 tv show "One does not choose their neighbors." But a very particular episode, involving sports celebrities...
Background: on March 9th, Arnaud Deleval, a founder of SALB, the company that manages the Grimaud tennis club, was surprised by arriving at his club, to see a crane cutting down half a dozen trees next to a court. "I called a bailiff, but by the time he had arrived, all the trees had been cut," he says. "It's amazing, they made it without telling me anything, as if they were at home."
"They" is the direction of the golf course nearby, which, according to Deleval, was not allowed to order this slaughter. The event, indeed, occurred on a small part of the golf club belonging to SALB, owner of 2 of the 36 hectares that make up the course (you follow?).
Friday, 20 March 2015 15:12
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras during the 1992 US Open final ceremony
In an exclusive interview released by Linus Sunnervik for Expressen.se, Pete Sampras recalled the 1992 US Open final he lost to Stefan Edberg as a turning point in his career.
The American legend, who is playing the Kings of Tennis Champions event in Stockholm, lost that match at the end of a four set battle, but gradually faded away after the third set tie-break, maybe also due to weakness for a stomach ache that had affected him during the semifinal against Jim Courier.
"None of us played really well, but he won with his experience," admitted Pete. "I remember I slowly lost the will during the match. I didn't fight. I was somehow satisfied to just be in the final. And it gnawed at me for months."
Monday, 09 March 2015 15:46
by Mauro Cappiello
Playing a doubles match with or against Stefan Edberg would be a dream fulfilled not only for any STE...fan, but virtually for any tennis fan. International supercar driver Steve Goldfield was lucky enough to turn this dream into reality, as documented by a video he himself posted on his Youtube channel last August.
Although the clip description says the match was played "a couple of years ago", the location and Stefan's outfit seem to suggest images date back to 2003, when Adidas organized a tennis camp in Scottsdale, Arizona.
As a long-time Adidas testimonial, along with Megan Shaughnessy and Martina Hingis, Edberg was a special guest of the event, that offered wealthy amateurs the chance to meet legends and play with them.
Nothing special about it, but the video is funny because it provides evidence of an episode wonderfully described by Richard Pagliaro in an article on the Adidas Fantasy Camp written back at the time for Tennis Week.
Monday, 09 March 2015 10:47
from Sveriges Radio
She has been the Swedish tennis number one for many years. After a difficult season Sofia Arvidsson started practicing and studying in Växjö - and now hopes for new success.
- I have been in the game for a long time and needed a new start and so I took this chance, says Sofia Arvidsson, who is one of Sweden's best tennis players.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:26
from Sport Expressen
Tennis Legend Pat Cash is always associated with Swedish successes and falls. For Sport Expressen the Australian tells about his fascination for the Swedish tennis miracle, his criticism of Roger Federer and his own tennis federation and how he hated to face the Swedes. - They always made my life a pain, says Cash.
Sweden's tennis dominance in the 1980s has become famous as the Swedish tennis miracle. With Stefan Edberg, Mats Wilander, Anders Järryd and Joakim Nystrom the Vikings salvaged three Davis Cup wins. However, Sweden also collected two finals losses, in 1983 and 1986. Both times Sweden fell against Australia in a fifth and decisive match. Both times it was Pat Cash on the other side of the net.
"The Swedes were a problem"
Cash now lives in London and works regularly for CNN. For the channel he has produced a documentary about the Swedish tennis miracle.