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"I played some great tennis in Australia, I played some great tennis this week. If I can continue to work hard and not get another injury in the near future, I've got a good shot at doing really well this year" - Stefan Edberg about his prospects for 1990 after winning in Indian Wells. Read the article

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Boris Becker affected by drug during Wimbledon final

from Expressen.se
by Nora Strandberg
Reported by Valerie Camps and translated into English by Markus Zacharski

Boris Becker is telling that he abused tablets when he met Stefan Edberg in the Wimbledon finals 1990. In the Stockholm Open finals the following year he was under the influence of drugs. "If you have serious problems you don't reach the Wimbledon finals, but it is easy to explain it that way afterwards," Edberg says.

Boris Becker unveils in his autobiography that he has been depending on alcohol and tablets during five years of his career. He unveils in detail how this affected his playing in two important finals in the beginning of the 90s. Both against world's number one, the Swede Stefan Edberg.

Before Wimbledon finals he was forced to take the double dose sleeping tablets to be able to sleep. He describes it as that he opened the match like a "sleepwalker". "It was a five-set-match I finally won", Edberg says.


"I was drugged in Wimbledon"

from Aftonbladet.se
by Magnus Helander
reported by Valerie Camps and translated into English by Markus Zacharski

Stefan Edberg about Becker's acknowledgment: "That doesn't take away the victory from me".

Stefan Edberg won Wimbledon finals 1990. But he beat a drugged opponent. "I started the match like a sleepwalker", Becker states.

(...Then there is written something about Becker "unstable period" between 1987 and 1992, where he was drinking and took pills...)

Played like in fog
Further, the German tennis star unveils that the abuse had big consequences for his sport. The night before Wimbledon finals 1990 Becker took - according to his own statement - a double dose sleeping tablets. Like in a fog he climbed delayed onto the center court on the day of the finals. "I started the match like a sleepwalker", Boris Becker writes.

The German lost the first and the second set just to win the third and the fourth. In the fifth and final set Stefan Edberg was the strongest. Stefan Edberg, 37, is working with a tennis project home in Växjö today. He takes up an asking attitude to Beckers unveiling.


Edberg answers Becker’s admission on use of drugs

Boris Becker's biography

Stefan Edberg answers Boris Becker’s statements in his next to publication autobiography. In the book “Stay a moment longer”, German former tennis star states that he was under the effect of sleeping tablets and alcohol during five years of his professional career, between 1987 and 1992.

Becker reports two of the finals played against Edberg as moments in which he particularly suffered the consequences of drug abuse: the final in Wimbledon 1990 and that in Stockholm 1991.

Interviewed by two Swedish online papers, Aftonbladet and Expressen.se, Stefan replied to Becker’s words. I’m currently waiting for the full translations of both articles, but I can already anticipate some of Stefan’s assertions I obtained thanks to the help of a Swedish online translator:

  • "Just at that time I didn’t notice that he had some personal problems. But we were never near. There was a shallow acquaintance between the two of us".

  • "It is tough to stay at the peak, that holds for everyone. But he was fairly exceptional. In Germany he was the big star that came up from nowhere. He was under enormous pressure.
    But I don’t believe that a man who has such serious problems gets to the final in a tournament".

  • "Presumably he didn’t write the book personally. The contents can be a little dramatised. But he can not have had such serious problems since he always played great tennis then".

  • "It is easy to explain it this way when you arrive second, but it takes nothing away from my win (ann: in Wimbledon)".

Thanks Valerie Camps for reporting the news


Becker: I fought drink and drugs

from Daily Mail.co.uk
by Allan Hall

The English version of Boris Becker's autobiography

Boris Becker told today how he battled addiction to alcohol and sleeping tablets at the height of his playing career.

The 35-year-old tennis star revealed he consumed a mixture of whisky, beer and prescription drugs before the 1990 Wimbledon final - which he lost.

In his autobiography Stay A Moment Longer, serialised in German newspaper Bild today, Becker explains why he started taking pills. "I was sick. In the early part of 1987 I couldn't take the pressure any more. I started with sleeping tablets - apparently quite harmless.

"Our former Davis Cup doctor, Professor Joseph Keul, asked us sometimes, 'Problems with sleeping anyone?' "To stay top-fit one needs between eight and nine hours sleep a night. So we all tried the medication called Planum."

It is recommended that the drug is taken for a maximum of four weeks, but Becker "lived with these things for years" in a "desperate search for sleep". He added: "No one knew about all the chemicals affecting me."

'Worst phase'
In what he describes as his "worst phase" in 1987, Becker says he drank whisky "to strengthen the effects of the tablets. I wanted to be right back there on top, to win again, and that was to be had at any price

"For the sleeplessness there was Planum, for the pain a couple of other pills, against the loneliness I felt with women, whisky or both. I had to occasionally reduce my tournament appearances to recover in the meantime from the effects of the pills." Instead of finding release in the alcohol and drugs Becker said they made him "melancholy".

When he beat Stefan Edberg in a final in Stockholm in 1991 he said he felt nothing but "deep sadness when I should have been joyful, when I should have been singing with happiness."


Adidas Program Offers New Approach

from Tennis Week
by Richard Pagliaro

There's a tennis revolution taking place in Scottsdale that aims to alter traditional tennis training with a comprehensive approach to player development.

The Scottsdale-based International Tennis USA hosts the adidas player development program, a comprehensive tennis training facility offering programs designed to develop world class players.

"This is going to change the game of tennis," ITUSA executive director Rafael Font de Mora said. "It is a completely new and refreshing attitude toward training and developing tennis players. We stress team work and a positive philosophy in a personalized approach to bring out the best in each player."

Font de Mora, who may be best known to tennis fans as the long-time coach of Meghann Shaughnessy, created the ITUSA and the adidas player development program in an effort to integrate all aspects of player development — technique, tactical training, biomechanics, footwork, fitness, nutrition, mental toughness, management and media training — into one training facility.

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