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"Nobody does it these days, so there is hardly any variation in the style of play. I would love to see players serve & volley more. It's a very sad aspect of the game that the art has vanished" - Stefan Edberg on the disappearing of attacking play style. Read the article

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Edberg's tennis hall wins passive architectural award

from IG Passivhus Sverige
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


A rendering of the Södra Climate Arena winning project by Danish architect Kent Pedersen

The 2013 "Swedish Architecture Prize for passive" was awarded. The international jury chose the world's first passive tennis hall in Växjö. The hall was built entirely in wood in the mission of Södra Timber and is run by Stefan Edberg's company Ready Play.

The "Swedish architecture prize for passive" competition was published for the first time in 2013 by Intressegruppen Passivhus Sverige. Among the projects are strong examples of energy-efficient buildings associated with good architecture. The award, which will be given annually, is intended to stimulate and motivate a development which is working to build efficient passive in conjunction with good design, function, durability and comfort.

The winner of the first prize of 10,000 SEK was Denmark's Kent Pedersen Architect Company for passive tennis hall Södra Climate Arena in Växjö. The tennis hall was built in the "Europe's greenest city" in the mission of Södra Timber. Behind the company Ready Play who runs the hall there are three tennis personalities, Stefan Edberg, Magnus Larsson and Carl-Axel Hageskog.

 

Edberg supports squash Olympic bid

from Around the Rings.com


Stefan Edberg with squash player Gregory Gaultier during last year's CASE Swedish Open in Linköping

Andre Agassi, Kim Clijsters and Stefan Edberg have followed fellow tennis legend Roger Federer in backing Squash to be added to the Olympic Games programme in 2020.

"Squash is absolutely one of the best/toughest sports," said Agassi, the eight-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic gold medallist in 1996. "The Games would be proud!"

Federer was one of the first leading tennis players to pledge support for his fellow racket sport: "I think it's a wonderful sport. It's unfortunate some sports don't get the opportunity to be in the Olympics - I think squash would deserve it."

 

Avoidable decline for Swedish tennis

from Svd.se
by Jonas Arnesen
Translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

In the spring of 1983, the Swedish Davis Cup team began the amazing journey that brought to seven straight finals. This weekend Sweden will be fighting to regain a place in the World Group. How did we get to this point? SvD.se tennis reporter Jonas Arnesen has followed the team closely for over 30 years and sees several reasons for the decline.

We wrote from a packed Scandinavium in Gothenburg in December 1988, when Sweden played the Davis Cup final for the sixth consecutive year.

Prior to the meeting with the Germans, Sweden had lost just two of the previous 22 ties, the team had the most successful and beloved stars in all categories of Swedish sports, and they were proud to be playing for their country.

Swedish tennis flourished, during the season Mats Wilander had won the Australian Open, the French Open and had become the first Swede to triumph at the US Open, Stefan Edberg had won his first of two Wimbledon titles and with the two men from Smaland the Swedes were the clear favorites against Boris Becker & Co..

After only two days the guests won, still the main setback was yet to come.

 

"The same Slams as Edberg and Becker? I got shivers..."

from La Gazzetta dello Sport
by Riccardo Crivelli
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Nole: "If I think I've won the same Slams as Edberg and Becker I've got shivers. My target is just to win as much as possible, as long as I can"

There is the fierce Djokovic on court, the warrior with the armor of a superman physical preparation and an overwhelming mental strength. And then there's the one off court, who meets Zheng in the locker room and greets her in Chinese or stages the Gangnam-Style dance with the ball boys during practice: “It 's my way of sharing with the others the happiness to have become what I am. Not all of us are able to do it”. There are two aspects so inextricably linked to the personality of a champion who is slowly taking possession of history: four wins in Melbourne like Agassi and Federer, six Slams like Edberg and Becker.

 

Happy birthday, Stefan!!!

Stefan Edberg turns 47 today!!!

We want to celebrate his birthday with this image and the message that won our competition on the social networks.

Among the many posts we received through Facebook and Twitter, Paolo Tesei sent what we thought was the most deeply felt wish and we rewarded him "engraving" it in our Facebook page cover picture that we'll also keep on our website home page these days!

A special mention for our long-time friend Albert Murdiono, who named his son after Stefan, and sent a lovely picture of him, that we are sharing with his permission.

Please, keep sending your birthday wishes to Stefan through the comments and Facebook comments all day long... and more!

 
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