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
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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:27
Yesterday the new Södra Climate Arena was filled with tennis stars from the Swedish greatness.
Sunday, 28 October 2012 08:08
From the French version of Eurosport.com, an in-depth analysis on the persistant crisis of Swedish tennis that, with Robin Söderling's long absence, is becoming more and more evident. Twenty-five Grand Slam titles in the Open Era, no player in the top-300 now...
On the path of Björn Borg, the man who started it all, Swedish tennis has experienced a golden age in the '80s. Before a slow but irreversible decline. Whether the Davis Cup, the Grand Slam or ATP, the contrast between the golden age and the current period is striking.
Monday, 15 October 2012 16:02
Could Thomas Enqvist still be the hardest Swede to beat in 2012?
Who is Sweden's best tennis player now? According to the ranking, the answer is Patrik Rosenholm. But I say Thomas Enqvist, the 38-year-old Davis Cup captain who played his last ATP tournament seven years ago.
Some national success is unlikely at the 44th edition of the Stockholm Open, which begins on Monday at the Kungliga Tennishallen. On the other hand, Swedish tennis is in such a deep slump that many of the long-time retired stars would fare very well in the home competition after aboout a month of hard training.
This is of course impossible to prove, nevertheless the fact that Enqvist is a player of a higher level than Rosenholm and the 28 other Swedes who have a place on the ranking list is something that can be substantiated with hard facts.
Sunday, 09 September 2012 13:33
Canadian junior Filip Peliwo is the first boy since Stefan Edberg in 1983 to play all four Junior Grand Slam finals in the same year
from The Sports Campus
Filip Peliwo etched his name in the tennis history books on Saturday following his 6-4, 6-0 victory over Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.
The win gave Peliwo a berth in his fourth junior Grand Slam boys' singles final of the season where he will play Liam Broady of Great Britain on Sunday.
The 18-year-old Canadian becomes the first player since Stefan Edberg in 1983 to reach all four junior Major singles finals in the same year at the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, and now the U.S. Open. Peliwo won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July, making Canadian tennis history along with Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) who swept the girls' singles and doubles titles at the All-England Club.
Monday, 03 September 2012 06:33
Stefan Edberg with Carl-Axel Hageskog and Magnus Larsson in a promotional poster of the Climate Arena
The new Climate Arena, inaugurated on August 30th in Växjö, will be run by Stefan Edberg along with fellow former tennis professionals Carl-Axel Hageskog and Magnus Larsson via their new tennis concept, Ready Play Tennis (RPT), creating unique opportunities for young talents to develop within Sweden.
Saturday, 01 September 2012 19:45
Stefan Edberg with Carl-Axel Hageskog and Magnus Larsson
The Södra Climate Arena is the world's first tennis hall made of timber that meets the requirements to be called a passive building; a concept for energy-efficient, climate-friendly construction. The tennis hall was opened on 30 August and is situated next to Södra's head office in Växjö.
"Södra has previously participated in projects for constructing timber housing. With the Södra Climate Arena, we have produced a concept hall which we hope will be a role model for the sports arenas of the future. We want to emphasise the opportunities offered by building using timber, and passive buildings are the construction technology of the future. They are also a vital piece of the puzzle as regards climate issues, as building with timber is the best method for long-term storage of carbon dioxide," said Christer Segerstéen, Chairman of Södra.
County Governor Kristina Alsér declared the tennis hall open by being the first person to hit a ball on the court. The hall will be run by Ready Play, a team of people made up of the three tennis "names" Stefan Edberg, Magnus Larsson and Carl-Axel Hageskog. During the opening ceremony, grants were also awarded to talented juniors from the Stefan Edberg Foundation.
Saturday, 21 July 2012 10:44
by Mauro Cappiello
STE...fans turns 11 years old today and just one year has gone by since it completely changed its style passing to a new, better organized and more graphically attractive content management system platform. Like we hoped, the last one has been a year of huge growth for STE...fans.
This is mostly due to the fact that we have a new, more populated, Facebook page that just reached the target of 14,500 fans and boosted our traffic enormously.
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 20:43
Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker in Båstad
by Mauro Cappiello
After some pictures at the Swedish Tennis Hall of Fame, the two have held a nice press conference in front of a delighted crowd, with many jokes by both and, most of all, words of mutual appreciation and respect by two gentlemen of the courts.