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"I felt like I was twenty years old again. Certainly I would have preferred to have won in '89, but I went back to that time and it was fantastic. I played like then. Only this way I could beat someone like Chang on clay..." - Stefan Edberg on his revenge against Michael Chang at the 1996 French Open. Read the article

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Stefan Edberg upstaged

from vt.se
reported by Cynthia and translated into English by Markus Zacharski

Everybody wanted to meet Stefan Edberg on Westerviks tennisklubb 110th birthday.

Stefan Edberg upstaged rightly when Westerviks tennisklubb celebrated its 110th birthday last Saturday. He came, he saw, but he did not win. A back injury put a stop to the exhibition match against Vimmerby's strong 17 year-old Daniel Kumlin.

Stefan restricted himself to round tennis against WTK's big youth group and one of them who could play against him was five year-old Oscar Lindvall who goes to the "tennis kindergarten" in the Stefanhall.

38 year-old Stefan Edberg is still a big tennis name, last but not least in Bökensved and in Stefanhall in Västervick. Children and parents were queuing with autograph pads and cameras when the former world's number one appeared.

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Monfils Set To Make History

from US Open.org
by Yoni Goldberg

It takes only a few minutes, refreshingly, to recognize that Gael Monfils is still a teenager, albeit a teenager on the verge of making history.

His slim-fitting Puma warmups appear baggy on his even slimmer six-foot, four-inch, 176-pound frame. A young Frenchman, Monfils adores American pop stars Usher and Alicia Keys, whose CDs he was given on his 18th birthday this past Tuesday. To his disappointment, that day was spent traveling to New York, but the excitement in his voice and eyes indicate that another gift, a silver bracelet he is quick to show, made it a good day despite the long flight.

Monfils still gets a rush from seeing his favorite tour players at Grand Slam events. With a little prodding, he acknowledged that like many other boys his age, he is most excited to see tennis starlet Maria Sharapova. Moments later, when she entered the players' lounge and sat two tables away, Monfils interrupted himself, an endearing smile coming across his face, and in hushed bouyancy exclaimed, "Look, there she is."

Unlike most boys his age, however, Monfils, the junior champion at this year's Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, is one week away from possibly joining Stefan Edberg (1983) as the only juniors to win the sport's coveted Grand Slam.


Stefan Edberg's induction speech at Tennis Hall of Fame

by Stefan Edberg
filmed and contributed by Donna Anstey
transcript by Mauro Cappiello

Stefan Edberg during his induction speech at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport (photo by Anke Rossol)

Well, it's been a long way to get here, a lot of hard work, a lot of hours on the court, it's been a lot of time, otherwise I don't think I could have got here, 'cause you gotta love this game and I really love this game. It's a game made for individuals and that's really what makes it so special, 'cause I'm really priviledged to be part of tennis.

Obviously there is a lot of people that you need help from, in order to get here, 'cause I couldn't make it on my own, there is no chance. It takes me back to my parents, which are not here today, they are back in Sweden, they were great support in the beginning, taking me from tournament to tournament at a young age. Without them, it wouldn't be possible.

Obviously the coaches that I had throughout the years, back in Vastervik where I grew up, (names of the coaches), two great guys who helped me throughout my career, and obviously the man sitting just here. Tony, I must say, Tony, you've not just been a great coach, you've become a great friend, maybe like a dad for me, and I really mean that.

And without friends you won't survive this game and I would love to give tribute to my lovely wife Annette, as well. You really stood up for me in bad times and good times. That's what counts. I'm also priviledged to have my children here, Christopher and Emilie. You were a little bit too young when I was playing, up to '96.


Edberg backs Henman

from BBC Sport

Swedish tennis legend Stefan Edberg believes Tim Henman still has a chance of winning a Grand Slam tournament.
Henman saw his latest bid ended with a 3-6 6-4 6-0 7-5 defeat by Guillermo Coria in the French Open semi-finals.

But Edberg, who won six Grand Slam events, told BBC Five Live: "If Henman were to win one I'm sure he has the potential to win another one too.

"He's still strong. He still can do it and maybe when people don't expect him to win, he will win."

Edberg said that Henman has had to carry the weight of British hopes for a long time.


A 10-day gig as an ATP towel boy helped inspire a career in sports journalism

from Tennis (June 2004 issue)
by Jon Wertheim

Stefan Edberg lifting his 1992 New Haven trophy taken after a Monday final against MaliVai Washington

The working conditions were awful and the hours were worse. My subterranean workspace was a dimly lit room that reeked of the confluence of Bengay, sweaty socks, cheap cologne, and "eau de body." I think I was paid $300; even for a college kid with economic needs that didn't extend much beyond pizza and the occasional CD, that amounted to bupkis. And for 10 days it was a dream job.

While in college at Yale, I taught tennis in Connecticut elementary schools as part of a grass-roots program sponsored by the Volvo International, a U.S. Open tuneup event held on the Yale campus in New Haven. In August of 1992, a few weeks before my senior year began, my boss called with a frantic request. The man who was going to manage the locker room during the Volvo event had  backed out of the job. Would I be willing--please!--to fill in?

I had been planning to while away the final days of my last college summer with friends on Cape Cod. Instead, I was being offered a chance to spend that time picking up the sweaty towels of Ivan Lendl and a hundred or so of his colleagues. Naturally, I accepted.

Although I received a 30-minute tutorial on 'locker room etiquette' from an ATP official before the tournament--just to make sure I wouldn't do something as gauche as toss a towel at a player, but instead offer it, palms up--my real training came during the qualifying tournament. Many of the players were my age, so there was something demeaning about tending to their lavatorial needs. But I did my job dutifully.

On the final day of the qualies, a shy, skinny Russian teenager with a terminally uncool bowl cut and a halting command of English offered me a "tall five" after he made it into the main draw. In ensuing years, I'd see a lot of Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

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