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When Sweden ruled the tennis world...

by Mauro Cappiello


The front cover of "När vi var bäst" (When we were the best, p. 276, €26 - US$33, published by Offside)

A very interesting interview book will go out in stores in Sweden in mid October. Written by Mats Holm and Ulf Roosvald, "När vi var bäst" (When we were the best) narrates the Golden Age of Swedish tennis through the eyes of the three major protagonists of that era, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg.

According to the back cover of the volume, that is already available online, the book explains how a small country with 8 million inhabitants like Sweden could become the leading nation in tennis and an example to imitate worldwide. "While tennis was still an upper class sport in the world, Sweden became the country with the biggest number of tennis courts per capita".

There are already some anticipations about the book contents, that start from the epic of Bjorn Borg, the taciturn and mysterious Swede who became an icon of the 70's and turned tennis into a global sport, and end with the Kings of Tennis, the nostalgic senior event part of the Champions Tour held each year in Stockholm.

 

"Edberg 86" reissued. Vote your favourite model!

by Mauro Cappiello

To celebrate Stefan Edberg's return on the Tour as Roger Federer's coach, this summer, Adidas launched a reissue of the "Adidas Edberg 86", the legendary sneakers that stand at number 25 of the all-time list of tennis shoes built up by the sports, culture and lifestyle website Complex.com.

The sportswear company that has been Stefan's sponsor since 1985 made available in stores a new triple version of the sneakers that were connected to the Swede's first personalized outfit, the one he wore during his successful 1987 Australian Open campaign.

 

US Open, Stefan Edberg's 8 memorable matches

Looking forward to this year's US Open, we have collected excerpts from old articles to recall Stefan Edberg's history at Flushing Meadows through some flashes from 8 memorable matches he played there. (m.c)

1988, R16 - Aaron Krickstein b. Stefan Edberg 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5
from New York Times.com
by Peter Alfano

Aaron Krickstein was supposed to be the next dominant American player, a role that was unclaimed until the emergence of Andre Agassi [...]. He was only 16 years old when he made headlines at the 1983 United States Open, becoming the youngest player ever to reach the round of 16 in the men's draw. Among the players he beat was Stefan Edberg, a promising young Swede, destined to be a Wimbledon champion. [In 1988] Krickstein, playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd of more than 17,000, defeated Edberg, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5, scoring the biggest upset of the tournament thus far. Edberg does not particularly enjoy playing in the evening, saying it is difficult to see. [...] He was a study in frustration against Krickstein, shaking his head in disgust, slamming the ball in anger. Edberg is a pure serve-and-volleyer, but Krickstein's lobs and crisp forehand passes persuaded Edberg to stay back more than he would like, actually rallying from the baseline on Krickstein's serve. It was [the American's] sixth victory without a loss in five-set matches at the Open.

 

Exclusive gallery of the Rogers Cup HoF induction

Italian fan Francesca Sarzetto had the privilege to attend Stefan Edberg's induction into the Rogers Cup Tennis Hall of Fame in Toronto and contributed this fantastic set of close-up pictures that we are happy to share with you.

 

Stefan Edberg enters the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame

During a Centre Court ceremony at the Rexall Centre yesterday night, Stefan Edberg was officially elected into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame.

In his speech he praised the organization of the tournament,  explained how important tennis was and still is in his life and thanked the fans for supporting him throughout his career.

Roger Federer also congratulated Stefan with a video message that was broadcasted on the giant screen, regretting he wasn't able to reach his idol's level of serve & volley style.

In other video messages, Thomas Johansson explained what Stefan meant for Swedish tennis, along with Bjorn Borg and Mats Wilander, while Daniel Nestor recalled the legendary Davis Cup tie of 1992, in which he, as an unknown 19 year old guy, managed to defeat Edberg, back then world number one.

 
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