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"The problem today was that I lost the timing on my returns. I didn't hit enough returns to really make him play. I played three or four bad points, and that cost me the match" - Stefan Edberg on his defeat against Michael Stich in the 1991 Wimbledon semifinal. Read the article

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«Stefan, thanks for being an inspiration!»

by Mauro Cappiello

The ATP World Tour celebrated the 40th anniversary of the introduction of computer rankings with a great parade of number ones at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York last night. 18 former singles ranking leaders, and the current man on top, Novak Djokovic, were present at the gala night that was streamed live by the ATP World Tour official website.

Among those super champions, with the elegance we are all used to, was also Stefan Edberg. «What a great idea! These occasions are very special, so everyone should make their best effort to come», he said in a short video interview. Actually it was a unique meeting among some of the greatest names in the history of the game and a nice melting between the very best of the present and the past.

 

Atp Heritage: Stefan Edberg, 1990-1991

from ATP World Tour.com

On 23 August, ATP celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Emirates ATP Rankings. We continue our countdown with a look at Stefan Edberg, the 1990-91 year-end No. 1. #ATPHeritage

Stefan Edberg was one of the greatest serve-and-volley exponents in tennis history, a possessor of an elegant backhand and a cool and analytical mind. Like John McEnroe, he reached the top in singles and doubles.

Edberg first captured the attention of the tennis world in 1983, when he completed a junior Grand Slam of the four major championships. Before the age of 19, the Swede had won his first ATP World Tour title and also the singles competition as a demonstration sport at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Edberg was the eighth player in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings to become No. 1 on 13 August 1990, following a quarter-final win over Michael Chang in the Western & Southern Open at Cincinnati. With his coach, Tony Pickard, Edberg remembers, "We had a little champagne that night. It was unusual. We just had a little."

 

STE...fans, 12 and counting!

by Mauro Cappiello


STE...fans, the only real tribute to Stefan Edberg on the web, turns 12 years old

Our website gets one more year older and, even though it’s still young, it has already come a long way. The Stefan Edberg project we have started from a blank page 12 years ago has reached a popularity and an authoritativeness that can’t be ignored.

I was thinking this morning that maybe there’s not been one single day since July 2001 that has ended without a little update, a little brick to make the website more complete or more graphically attractive. And I was also thinking: how many amateur sites, with no real sponsors and no organization behind, in a place like the Internet (where even heavily sponsored projects start and die every day) can proudly say to have such a long history behind and such a bright future ahead?


A birthday present for STE...fans! Make a small Paypal donation clicking the image above

I would like to start thanking all the people who have been supporting STE…fans in many ways. Contributing exclusive content, just like the live video from the Hall of Fame induction we have shared a few days ago. Or making Paypal donations that have all been invested in purchasing new (old) stuff from eBay to make the site richer.

Growing popularity
Since our landing on the social networks, a little more than three years ago (we started a Facebook page on June 15th, 2010) the interactivity with the fans has grown a lot. Further contribution to the new dimension of our project has been given by the site’s new version launched just two years ago, on the day of its tenth anniversary.

 

Stefan and Annette in the Royal Box!

by Mauro Cappiello

After two days walking around the Wimbledon courts, taking pictures with the fans and releasing interviews for the local media, Stefan Edberg was finally spotted on the Wimbledon Centre Court in the day of the men's semifinals.

Just like last year, when he came earlier in the first week of the event to watch Roger Federer's second round match against Fabio Fognini, he was invited in the Royal Box, along with Annette Olsen (last year he was with his long time coach Tony Pickard).

Stefan and Annette watched the semifinals of the men's singles tournament Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Murray vs Jerzy Janowicz from the first to the last point and, from what we saw, they were both very happy with the tennis quality and really involved in the development of both matches.

They were framed eight times by the TV cameras on the Centre Court. In this three minute and a half HD720 video clip, we patiently collected all the moments they appeared on TV with comments by Boris Becker and John McEnroe. There are also some screenshots from this nice British Friday afternoon.

 

Norman: «I thought Edberg could never beat me»

from Sports Football Magazine
by Carl Huybrechts
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

In 1995 Dick Norman - who retired as a professional tennis player - experienced his moment of glory with a fourth round at Wimbledon. Sports / Football Magazine talked with him about his memories of his famous win against Stefan Edberg.


Stefan Edberg and Dick Norman shake hands just after Stefan's shock exit in the second round of Wimbledon 1995

After a surprising victory in the first round against Pat Cash, waiting for him in the second round on the sacred grass of Wimbledon Court one was Stefan Edberg: number sixteen of the world and winner in 1988 and 1990. Norman: "I feared for a massacre, three times 6/2 or something. The night before the game I called Libor Pimek, with whom I played twice: he wanted to change racket and wanted to test my Wilson. "Let's hit a ball," I suggested. To relax a little...».

«I took his Head and... Unbelievable! I hit a lot harder than with my racket. A fantastic feeling. «Libor, give me three rackets. I will play against Edberg with your Heads.» But he talked to me straight. "Do not, Dick ... You are playing good."»

«That night I asked the stringer to measure the balance and weight of Libor's racket and adapt my Wilsons. The guy has huge lead weights attached to it.» (Laughs)

 
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