Sunday, 21 July 2013 18:47
by Mauro Cappiello
STE...fans, the only real tribute to Stefan Edberg on the web, turns 12 years old
Our website gets one more year older and, even though it’s still young, it has already come a long way. The Stefan Edberg project we have started from a blank page 12 years ago has reached a popularity and an authoritativeness that can’t be ignored.
I was thinking this morning that maybe there’s not been one single day since July 2001 that has ended without a little update, a little brick to make the website more complete or more graphically attractive. And I was also thinking: how many amateur sites, with no real sponsors and no organization behind, in a place like the Internet (where even heavily sponsored projects start and die every day) can proudly say to have such a long history behind and such a bright future ahead?
I would like to start thanking all the people who have been supporting STE…fans in many ways. Contributing exclusive content, just like the live video from the Hall of Fame induction we have shared a few days ago. Or making Paypal donations that have all been invested in purchasing new (old) stuff from eBay to make the site richer.
Friday, 05 July 2013 20:36
by Mauro Cappiello
After two days walking around the Wimbledon courts, taking pictures with the fans and releasing interviews for the local media, Stefan Edberg was finally spotted on the Wimbledon Centre Court in the day of the men's semifinals.
Just like last year, when he came earlier in the first week of the event to watch Roger Federer's second round match against Fabio Fognini, he was invited in the Royal Box, along with Annette Olsen (last year he was with his long time coach Tony Pickard).
Stefan and Annette watched the semifinals of the men's singles tournament Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Murray vs Jerzy Janowicz from the first to the last point and, from what we saw, they were both very happy with the tennis quality and really involved in the development of both matches.
They were framed eight times by the TV cameras on the Centre Court. In this three minute and a half HD720 video clip, we patiently collected all the moments they appeared on TV with comments by Boris Becker and John McEnroe. There are also some screenshots from this nice British Friday afternoon.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 15:09
from Sports Football Magazine
In 1995 Dick Norman - who retired as a professional tennis player - experienced his moment of glory with a fourth round at Wimbledon. Sports / Football Magazine talked with him about his memories of his famous win against Stefan Edberg.
Stefan Edberg and Dick Norman shake hands just after Stefan's shock exit in the second round of Wimbledon 1995
After a surprising victory in the first round against Pat Cash, waiting for him in the second round on the sacred grass of Wimbledon Court one was Stefan Edberg: number sixteen of the world and winner in 1988 and 1990. Norman: "I feared for a massacre, three times 6/2 or something. The night before the game I called Libor Pimek, with whom I played twice: he wanted to change racket and wanted to test my Wilson. "Let's hit a ball," I suggested. To relax a little...».
«I took his Head and... Unbelievable! I hit a lot harder than with my racket. A fantastic feeling. «Libor, give me three rackets. I will play against Edberg with your Heads.» But he talked to me straight. "Do not, Dick ... You are playing good."»
«That night I asked the stringer to measure the balance and weight of Libor's racket and adapt my Wilsons. The guy has huge lead weights attached to it.» (Laughs)
Monday, 03 June 2013 16:33
from IG Passivhus Sverige
A rendering of the Södra Climate Arena winning project by Danish architect Kent Pedersen
The 2013 "Swedish Architecture Prize for passive" was awarded. The international jury chose the world's first passive tennis hall in Växjö. The hall was built entirely in wood in the mission of Södra Timber and is run by Stefan Edberg's company Ready Play.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 21:20
from Around the Rings.com
Stefan Edberg with squash player Gregory Gaultier during last year's CASE Swedish Open in Linköping
Andre Agassi, Kim Clijsters and Stefan Edberg have followed fellow tennis legend Roger Federer in backing Squash to be added to the Olympic Games programme in 2020.
Thursday, 04 April 2013 15:14
In the spring of 1983, the Swedish Davis Cup team began the amazing journey that brought to seven straight finals. This weekend Sweden will be fighting to regain a place in the World Group. How did we get to this point? SvD.se tennis reporter Jonas Arnesen has followed the team closely for over 30 years and sees several reasons for the decline.
We wrote from a packed Scandinavium in Gothenburg in December 1988, when Sweden played the Davis Cup final for the sixth consecutive year.
Prior to the meeting with the Germans, Sweden had lost just two of the previous 22 ties, the team had the most successful and beloved stars in all categories of Swedish sports, and they were proud to be playing for their country.
Swedish tennis flourished, during the season Mats Wilander had won the Australian Open, the French Open and had become the first Swede to triumph at the US Open, Stefan Edberg had won his first of two Wimbledon titles and with the two men from Smaland the Swedes were the clear favorites against Boris Becker & Co..
After only two days the guests won, still the main setback was yet to come.
Thursday, 31 January 2013 18:57
from La Gazzetta dello Sport
Nole: "If I think I've won the same Slams as Edberg and Becker I've got shivers. My target is just to win as much as possible, as long as I can"
There is the fierce Djokovic on court, the warrior with the armor of a superman physical preparation and an overwhelming mental strength. And then there's the one off court, who meets Zheng in the locker room and greets her in Chinese or stages the Gangnam-Style dance with the ball boys during practice: “It 's my way of sharing with the others the happiness to have become what I am. Not all of us are able to do it”. There are two aspects so inextricably linked to the personality of a champion who is slowly taking possession of history: four wins in Melbourne like Agassi and Federer, six Slams like Edberg and Becker.
Saturday, 19 January 2013 10:26
Stefan Edberg turns 47 today!!!
We want to celebrate his birthday with this image and the message that won our competition on the social networks.
Among the many posts we received through Facebook and Twitter, Paolo Tesei sent what we thought was the most deeply felt wish and we rewarded him "engraving" it in our Facebook page cover picture that we'll also keep on our website home page these days!
A special mention for our long-time friend Albert Murdiono, who named his son after Stefan, and sent a lovely picture of him, that we are sharing with his permission.
Please, keep sending your birthday wishes to Stefan through the comments and Facebook comments all day long... and more!
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 21:11
Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander just after their handshake in the 1985 Australian Open final
from La Gazette du Tennis
In the 1920s, the influence of American Tennis in Europe, played by the great William "Bill" Tilden, met with the arrival of our Musketeers. Indeed, the World clay court Championships (Saint-Cloud) were transferred to the Stade Roland Garros, which was originally built for Brugnon, Borotra, Cochet and Lacoste to defend the Davis Cup taken from the hands of the masters on American soil in 1926. At that time, tennis was played from spring to autumn, with the sequence Roland Garros-Wimbledon as the highlight of the season. This ending was traditionally the Davis Cup final.
What is the Australian Open? Europeans did not play in the winter (at the time they summed up tennis and other occupations): therefore it was impossible to ship for 45 days to play a simple tennis tournament.
So it was a shunned tournament, even with the advent of the Open era: finals between Australians... The best players of the 1970s, Borg, Nastase, Orantes took part only once.
Tuesday, 25 December 2012 15:02
At the end of this very important, wonderful year for our site, we want to give our best wishes of Merry Christmas to all our visitors, fans and followers, who help our project grow every day, with this funny video of Stefan Edberg and Annette Olsen dressed up like elves and dancing "Jingle Bells".Video made through the Elfyourself application » http://host-d.oddcast.com/elfyourself2012/home.php
Send Stefan and Annette your Christmas message through the site and Facebook comments!