Sunday, 26 October 2014 10:54
by Mauro Cappiello
Last October 17th nominees were made for the ATP awards.
Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori will compete for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, a prize that goes to "the player who, throughout the year, conducted himself at the highest level of professionalism and integrity, who competed with his fellow players with the utmost spirit of fairness and who promoted the game through his off-court activities."
While waiting for the winner (voted by fellow players) to be announced before the ATP World Tour Finals in London, in this post we want to celebrate all the contenders with a video of their top on-court sportsmanship moment of the year.
Sunday, 19 October 2014 17:04
Basel was one of the most successful tournaments for Stefan Edberg. He won three times there, in 1985, 1986 and 1988, and played two finals, losing in 1989 to Jim Courier in five sets and in 1993 to Michael Stich in four sets.
Stefan Edberg beat Yannick Noah in the final of the 1986 Swiss Indoors
You will find lots of wonderful moments related to Stefan in the video below that was published on Youtube by the official website of the tournament some time ago and collects fantastic highlights of the history of the event (until 2012).
The one starting tomorrow will be the 45th edition of the Swiss indoors and we simply wish that all the long-time stages of the ATP World Tour would host a clip like this on their websites. (mc)
Friday, 17 October 2014 16:57
by Mauro Cappiello
Italian daily sports paper "La Gazzetta dello Sport" launched a great initiative for all the fans of vintage and contemporary tennis. "I grandi del tennis ai raggi X" (Tennis greats under X-rays) is a collection of 22 volumes dedicated to the most important protagonists of the sport, on both men's and women's sides, from the 80's up to now.
The books, in pocket-size format, will be available every Monday at an extra of € 4,99 plus the price of the daily paper issue (€ 1,40), but the first volume, dedicated to John McEnroe, will be sold on Monday October 30th at an extra price of just 1 euro.
Friday, 10 October 2014 17:43
by Mauro Cappiello
We suddenly realized that our Facebook page cover image is a bit outdated, but, since we have little time to make a new one and we know that surely there are many creative fans out there, we would like to give you the chance to do it for us.
If you have got some free time for us, if you have got computer graphics skills and, last but not least, if you are a real and motivated Stefan Edberg fan, you can help our page, creating our new Facebook cover image. We will watermark the picture to give you full credit and our 37,000 fans will see your work as our header for the next two months!
Monday, 06 October 2014 11:19
from Canberra Times.com.au
If the planets align for Roger Federer at Melbourne Park for a remarkable fifth time in January, the presentation ceremony could prove to be a rather cosy affair. The winner of the men's singles final will receive the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup from Stefan Edberg, Federer's co-coach since the start of last season.
Twenty-nine years after Edberg won the first of his two Australian Opens, the admired Swede will return to share presenting duties with the great Martina Navratilova, who will hand the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to Li Na's successor as the women's champion the previous night.
Sunday, 28 September 2014 14:02
by Mauro Cappiello
A very interesting interview book will go out in stores in Sweden in mid October. Written by Mats Holm and Ulf Roosvald, "När vi var bäst" (When we were the best) narrates the Golden Age of Swedish tennis through the eyes of the three major protagonists of that era, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg.
According to the back cover of the volume, that is already available online, the book explains how a small country with 8 million inhabitants like Sweden could become the leading nation in tennis and an example to imitate worldwide. "While tennis was still an upper class sport in the world, Sweden became the country with the biggest number of tennis courts per capita".
There are already some anticipations about the book contents, that start from the epic of Bjorn Borg, the taciturn and mysterious Swede who became an icon of the 70's and turned tennis into a global sport, and end with the Kings of Tennis, the nostalgic senior event part of the Champions Tour held each year in Stockholm.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 16:53
by Mauro Cappiello
To celebrate Stefan Edberg's return on the Tour as Roger Federer's coach, this summer, Adidas launched a reissue of the "Adidas Edberg 86", the legendary sneakers that stand at number 25 of the all-time list of tennis shoes built up by the sports, culture and lifestyle website Complex.com.
The sportswear company that has been Stefan's sponsor since 1985 made available in stores a new triple version of the sneakers that were connected to the Swede's first personalized outfit, the one he wore during his successful 1987 Australian Open campaign.
Friday, 22 August 2014 18:18
Looking forward to this year's US Open, we have collected excerpts from old articles to recall Stefan Edberg's history at Flushing Meadows through some flashes from 8 memorable matches he played there. (m.c)
1988, R16 - Aaron Krickstein b. Stefan Edberg 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5
Aaron Krickstein was supposed to be the next dominant American player, a role that was unclaimed until the emergence of Andre Agassi [...]. He was only 16 years old when he made headlines at the 1983 United States Open, becoming the youngest player ever to reach the round of 16 in the men's draw. Among the players he beat was Stefan Edberg, a promising young Swede, destined to be a Wimbledon champion. [In 1988] Krickstein, playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd of more than 17,000, defeated Edberg, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5, scoring the biggest upset of the tournament thus far. Edberg does not particularly enjoy playing in the evening, saying it is difficult to see. [...] He was a study in frustration against Krickstein, shaking his head in disgust, slamming the ball in anger. Edberg is a pure serve-and-volleyer, but Krickstein's lobs and crisp forehand passes persuaded Edberg to stay back more than he would like, actually rallying from the baseline on Krickstein's serve. It was [the American's] sixth victory without a loss in five-set matches at the Open.
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 19:08
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:35
During a Centre Court ceremony at the Rexall Centre yesterday night, Stefan Edberg was officially elected into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame.
In his speech he praised the organization of the tournament, explained how important tennis was and still is in his life and thanked the fans for supporting him throughout his career.
Roger Federer also congratulated Stefan with a video message that was broadcasted on the giant screen, regretting he wasn't able to reach his idol's level of serve & volley style.
In other video messages, Thomas Johansson explained what Stefan meant for Swedish tennis, along with Bjorn Borg and Mats Wilander, while Daniel Nestor recalled the legendary Davis Cup tie of 1992, in which he, as an unknown 19 year old guy, managed to defeat Edberg, back then world number one.