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.