Tuesday, 24 June 2014 23:00
from USA Today
Stefan Edberg, Bjorn Borg and Mats Wilander before an exhibition in Stockholm in 2000
WIMBLEDON, England -- No player left a bigger impression on Wimbledon in the emerging Open era than Sweden's Bjorn Borg, who won five consecutive titles in the late 1970s and was to tennis what the Beatles were to rock n' roll.
For the third year running, there is no Swedish man in Wimbledon's main draw. In fact, no man has appeared in the first round at any of the four majors since Robin Soderling here in 2011.
Like its onetime rival the USA, Swedish tennis is at a historic low point. Its highest ranked player is 24-year-old Markus Eriksson, who is well outside the top 300.
But Swedish influence in the sport – away from the court – has never been deeper. It is adding luster to a rich tennis history that has fallen on hard times.
From coaching to broadcasting to player development to business, Nordic fingers are everywhere.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:12
by Mauro Cappiello
A group picture of the Ready Play Tennis Academy. Christopher Edberg is the first on knees from the left, wearing an Adidas black sweatshirt
Christopher Edberg, Stefan's son, has qualified for the Summer Tour (Sommartouren), a junior competition that will be held from June 19th to 22nd in Båstad. Stefan, who played himself the event in his junior days, was on site to support him.
Christopher is a member of Ready Play Tennis Club, the academy run by Edberg, Larsson and Hageskog in Växjö. Although Stefan always stated his son is not intentioned in starting a professional tennis career, Christopher's results have "substantially progressed over the past few years," according to Summer Tour director Ulf Samuelsson.
Friday, 02 May 2014 14:42
from ATP World Tour.com
This week's issue of ATP World Tour Uncovered features Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander. In this extended version of the "rivalry clip" published a couple of weeks ago by the ATP Champions Tour, Stefan and Mats share their memories of the 1985 Australian Open final, the first and only all-Swedish showdown in a Grand Slam event.
The second part, instead, is on the old legends coming back to the Tour as coaches, with both Wilander and Edberg, along with other greats of the past like Marcelo Rios and Carlos Moya, giving their views about Roger Federer's chances to get back to his top level under Edberg's advice.
The video was filmed in Stockholm, during the Kings of Tennis Champions event in March.
Sunday, 06 April 2014 22:59
by Mauro Cappiello
An important agreement was signed on Friday involving the Municipality of Växjö, the Linnaeus University and the Swedish Tennis Federation, that will allow students who apply for the local university to be supported in their tennis activity.
So Växjö university becomes the first tennis university in Sweden.
«This is of course an incredible opportunity for young people to be able to combine study and high level tennis», said Stefan Edberg. Along with Magnus Larsson and Carl-Axel Hageskog, Stefan runs the Växjö Climate Arena, that already had an agreement with the Linnaeus University and will be used as technical tennis centre for the project.
The programme will last three years, starting from next autumn, and 700,000 Swedish crowns (some € 80,000, US$110,000) have been budgeted by the Växjö Municipality.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 20:34
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg with Bjorn Borg and Mats Wilander at the night of the number ones
A panel of journalists, tennis experts and former players named by Eurosport.se appointed the best Swedish tennis player of all time. From the start of December until the Christmas eve, a name each day was revealed, starting from the bottom of a top-24 ranking.
As no surprise, Björn Borg was the winner. With his 11 Major titles (5 consecutive Wimbledons and 6 straight French Opens, plus three French/Wimbledon doubles), Borg was not only the most successful of the Swedes, but also an inspiration for those who came in after him and the starter of the golden generation of the 70s-80s-90s that collected 24 Grand Slam titles and 7 Davis Cups in 24 years.
More interestingly, 7 Slams compared to 6 and a positive head-to-head record (11-9) were not enough for Mats Wilander to be placed in front of Stefan Edberg, who took the second spot.
Sunday, 27 October 2013 06:50
Stefan Edberg with his coach Tony Pickard (picture by Tob Gonsch)
BRITAIN’S Laura Robson has made the right decision in jettisoning a third coach in 18 months, according to former world No1 Stefan Edberg.
The Swede, who won five of his six grand slam titles under British coach Tony Pickard, believes Robson, 19, can improve by focusing on honing her strengths rather than trying to eliminate her weaknesses.
Robson parted ways with Andy Murray’s former aide Miles Maclagan last week, just four months after joining forces. That followed a nine-month spell under Croatian Zeljko Krajan.
"Maybe having a lot of coaches isn’t the best situation but, equally, if you stay with the wrong person and do not make a decision that is probably worse," Edberg said.
"People often talk about how you should work on your weaknesses. For me it was the forehand from the baseline. But I was more concerned with strengthening my strengths."
Saturday, 28 September 2013 18:55
Stefan Edberg poses with the PlaySight Smart Court device installed in the Södra Climate Arena
SMART COURT. What do London, New York and Växjö have in common in tennis? The answer is all three have got winners in the Grand Slam tournaments, but now also PlaySight Smart Court, a technological system, currently being installed at the Södra Climate Arena.
«If we want to be at the forefront as development center, we must take on the best devices available», says former pro Magnus Larsson. He and his colleagues in Ready Play Tennis Carl-Axel Hageskog and Stefan Edberg have just had visits by Israeli company Play Sight that installed computers and cameras in the hall.
Roughly speaking, it is possible to do the following: four cameras are placed on the four corners of the tennis court and one main camera in the middle of one side. Players log in the computer systems. Each shot on the court is recorded automatically through the cameras of the computer. Throughout the session you know if your serve is inside or outside the lines, the speed of your serves and other data. After finishing the match, you go to a 3D screen for analyzing the data. You can see yourself playing on the monitor and you'll get more statistics than the ones reported on the TV screen after the pro tour matches.
Saturday, 24 August 2013 21:04
by Mauro Cappiello
The ATP World Tour celebrated the 40th anniversary of the introduction of computer rankings with a great parade of number ones at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York last night. 18 former singles ranking leaders, and the current man on top, Novak Djokovic, were present at the gala night that was streamed live by the ATP World Tour official website.
Among those super champions, with the elegance we are all used to, was also Stefan Edberg. «What a great idea! These occasions are very special, so everyone should make their best effort to come», he said in a short video interview. Actually it was a unique meeting among some of the greatest names in the history of the game and a nice melting between the very best of the present and the past.
Sunday, 04 August 2013 18:37
from ATP World Tour.com
On 23 August, ATP celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Emirates ATP Rankings. We continue our countdown with a look at Stefan Edberg, the 1990-91 year-end No. 1. #ATPHeritage
Stefan Edberg was one of the greatest serve-and-volley exponents in tennis history, a possessor of an elegant backhand and a cool and analytical mind. Like John McEnroe, he reached the top in singles and doubles.
Edberg first captured the attention of the tennis world in 1983, when he completed a junior Grand Slam of the four major championships. Before the age of 19, the Swede had won his first ATP World Tour title and also the singles competition as a demonstration sport at the 1984 Olympic Games.
Edberg was the eighth player in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings to become No. 1 on 13 August 1990, following a quarter-final win over Michael Chang in the Western & Southern Open at Cincinnati. With his coach, Tony Pickard, Edberg remembers, "We had a little champagne that night. It was unusual. We just had a little."
Sunday, 21 July 2013 18:47
by Mauro Cappiello
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