Tuesday, 24 February 2015 18:36
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg during last year's edition of the Kings of Tennis
For the first time since the event was established in 2012, this year Stefan Edberg will miss the Kings of Tennis, the Swedish stage of the ATP Champions Tour, that will be held in Stockholm from March 18th to 20th.
With less than a month left to the tournament, the player field of six legends is already complete.
14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras made the organizers happy, accepting to play at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre for the first time, but the crowd will surely miss the presence of Stefan Edberg, winner of the event in 2013 and runner-up last year.
The reason for Stefan's default is probably the date of the Stockholm Champions tournament that overlaps with the first ATP 1000 Masters in Indian Wells, where Stefan will follow the action of his pupil Roger Federer.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 19:15
Nick Matthew, a world class squash champion from England who is one year older than Roger Federer, met Stefan Edberg at the recent Swedish Open of squash played at Linköping from February 3rd to 8th. Matthew, who eventually won that event, had the opportunity to chat with Stefan about the secrets for a long career in sports and wrote about that conversation in a post on his blog for The Star.
from The Star
It was really interesting chatting to tennis legend Stefan Edberg at the Swedish Open.
He’s really knowledgeable about squash and was very complimentary on how well I am doing at this stage of my career. That was nice to hear from somebody who was one of my favourite tennis players when I was growing up. I absolutely adored him and Boris Becker.
I spoke to Stefan a little bit about the Australian Open and Roger Federer, who he now coaches. It was fascinating to chat to Stefan about Federer, who is 33-years-old, a year younger than me.
His two keys to prolonging your career which he’s trying to work on with Federer is keeping that freshness but also keeping the speed.
Stefan retired at the age of 30. He didn’t really have much of an off season during his career. He pretty much had a couple of weeks off every year and then went straight into the next season. After playing on tour for 10 years, that caught up with him.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 17:16
One of Stefan Edberg's funniest expressions in the Barilla advertising campaign of 1991
Stefan Edberg's favourite course may be fish and chips, but he is also a great fan of pasta.
He and Annette were regulars at the De Cecco stand in Indian Wells, but, most of all, in the early '90s Stefan was sponsored by Italian brand Barilla, which is really popular in Sweden.
This short clip from the backstage of the 1991 commercial campaign was posted right on the Barilla Swedish Facebook page and reported to our website by STE...fans' contributor Thuy Anh Nguyen.
People who only knew "Mr Poker Face" Stefan Edberg from his matches would have hardly expected that he could publicly show such an unconventional side of himself off-court.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:29
from Herald Sun
STEFAN Edberg has joined a chorus of grand slam greats singing the praises of Australian teenagers Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios after the pair’s stunning first-round Melbourne Park wins.
Edberg’s prediction the ‘Special Ks’ could drive each other to the highest honours came as Todd Woodbridge said Kokkinakis was ready to emerge as the ice to Kyrgios’ fire.
Kokkinakis, 18, and Kyrgios, 19, were the toast of the tournament yesterday as the tennis community digested the duo’s gripping five-set triumphs.
Edberg, who won six majors and now coaches Roger Federer, is impressed with both.
"I have not seen as much of Kokkinakis as I’ve seen of Kyrgios, but they are improving quite a bit since last year," the Swede said.
"Obviously, I think it’s great that there are a couple of guys in that age who can compete a little bit with one another.
"Looking at the way they played, they really should be there for the future.
Sunday, 21 December 2014 17:12
by Mauro Cappiello
The third part of our English anticipations of "När vi var bäst", the book on the Golden Age of Swedish tennis, is focused on Stefan Edberg.
In this last excerpt of our "trilogy", Mats Holm and Ulf Roosvald take us back to Stefan Edberg's final Grand Slam triumph, the 1992 US Open.
The chapter called "Artist in a hairshirt" emblematically starts with a Tony Pickard quote. At the beginnings of his collaboration with Stefan, Tony was very unhappy with his pupil's hangdog mood every time things started to go the wrong way.
Winning his sixth Major trophy in gutsy style, the Swede showed he had learned his coach's lesson.
Monday, 15 December 2014 16:30
by Mauro Cappiello
The second part of our English anticipations of "När vi var bäst", the book on the Golden Age of Swedish tennis, is focused on Mats Wilander.
Mats Wilander at the French Open in 1982
The excerpt from the chapter "Nice guys always win", that you can download at the link below, mainly deals with Sweden's second Davis Cup triumph, taken in 1984 at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg against the powerful American team of world number 1 John McEnroe and number 2 Jimmy Connors.
Revealing some interesting behind-the-stage episodes, authors Mats Holm and Ulf Roosvald identify the key of Sweden's growing success in team spirit. Against a US side undermined by internal rivalries and dislikes, the "gang of the nice guys", made up by three top ten players and an 18-year-old Stefan Edberg, had an unexpectedly easy way to victory.
Sweden was no longer a one-man team, as nine years before with Borg. Björn had shown the way to his followers, a group of buddies in which Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander had a role of "first among equals".
Sunday, 07 December 2014 11:20
by Mauro Cappiello
Starting from this Sunday, STE...fans is proud to share some exclusive English anticipations of "När vi var bäst" (When we were the best), the book on the Golden Age of Swedish tennis by Mats Holm and Ulf Roosvald that is quickly becoming a best seller in Sweden.
Björn Borg with his coach and Sweden's captain Lennart Bergelin just after the 1975 Davis Cup triumph
The house that holds the rights of the volume, Kontext Agency, is still pursuing the chance of an English language edition and, in order to raise international attention around this extraordinary work, chose right us to publish some English excerpts that would serve as an appetizer for a worldwide audience.
The book will be internationally called "Grand Slamers - the lives of Björn Borg, Stefan Edberg & Mats Wilander".
We thought it would be intriguing to share the anticipations in three parts, dedicating one to each of the protagonists of the Swedish Legend, starting from Björn Borg today to arrive to Stefan Edberg in a crescendo of interest (from our perspective, of course.)
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 16:05
from Today's Facility Manager.com
Stefan Edberg interviewed at the passive house conference in Hannover in 2012
On the tennis court, Stefan Edberg was number one for several years. Today, the Swede is reaching top scores with his own indoor sports center. As the first of its kind, the “Södra Climate Arena,” located in Edberg’s hometown of Växjö, was built in 2012 according to the highly energy efficient Passive House Standard.
New monitoring results not only confirm the low consumption values of the facility, but the heating demand during the first two years of operation was even lower than anticipated, as stated in a report by Swedish energy consultant Simone Kreutzer. A user survey also indicates a high level of satisfaction with the comfortable conditions inside the hall.
According to the operator, the building functions almost entirely without any active heating or cooling. Despite this, the indoor temperature is a consistent 18°C (approximately 64˚F) both in winter and summer.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:08
Journalists Mats Holm and Ulf Roosvald provide us with a 250 page long and fact-filled book about the Swedish sport's probably most successful era of all time: the age when stars Björn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg gave tennis competitors a choral fright.
The fact that Offside is behind "When we were the best" guarantees itself for quality. Namely there's no one working or cooperating at Offside who doesn’t master their own subject.
And in fact this informed and well-written volume gives us a faithful account about the long and glittering era of domination by the blue and yellow colours ranging from individual tournaments to the Davis Cup.
ATP's official computer rankings were introduced in the autumn of 1973, and, since then, a total of 25 players topped the list. Amazingly enough, three of the early eight world number ones were from Sweden - a somewhat unlikely hindsight, for one of the globally largest sports.
Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:21
from International Business Times
Some may think that Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena named their baby Stefan as a tribute to tennis great Stefan Edberg, whom Djokovic looked up to while growing up. Edberg is now coaching Roger Federer. Naming a child is a serious business. For Novak and Jelena, they thought long and hard to find the right name for their little bundle of joy. The new parents reached back to their deep historic roots and chose a name that is well-known yet not as frequently used as baby names.
Novak told the Telegraph Sport that the reason why they chose the name Stefan for their baby is because it has a significant symbolism in their country. The Serb said that the name was very popular to their country's first royals, dated all the way back to the 12th century.
According to Novak, he and his wife didn't have to fight about the baby's name because they reached an easy consensus on it. Like Novak, Jelena is fond of symbolic representations. He said that both of them like to talk about interesting philosophical issues.