Senior exhibitions and tournaments
Monday, 11 June 2012 18:09
from Neue Westfälische
Navratilova and Stich win in front of 10,000 fans against Edberg and Myskina
Halle. Three Wimbledon champions stood on the Centre Court, for the Champions Trophy in 2012, the opening of the 20th Gerry Weber Open in Halle. Some 10,000 spectators were amazed about the still present form of Martina Navratilova and her partner, Michael Stich, and Stefan Edberg, who played with the 2004 French Open champion, Anastasia Myskina (30).
Sunday, 10 June 2012 15:28
from Match Point
Sunday, 10 June 2012 15:08
from Gerry Weber Open Magazine
Pure Tennis nostalgia. For years they have inspired the masses and on June 10th four former world class players will meet at the Gerry Weber Stadium in a star-studded mixed duel.
It will be a meeting of sports legends, who stand as the best tennis players of all time: for two decades Martina Navratilova dominated the stage and coined the term "women's tennis". The native Czech retired only five years ago from professional sports and is now back for her debut in the Champions Trophy at Michael Stich's side.
Germany's former tennis star won Wimbledon in 1991 and three years later was the first German winner of the Gerry Weber Open.
On the other side of the net there is someone whose spectacular and elegant serve and volley game was legendary. Stefan Edberg clinched six Grand Siam triumphs and was the world number one for 72 weeks. The former international star rarely appears in Germany, so his participation is even more remarkable.
He his joined by Anastasia Myskina from Russia. The 30-year-old from Moskow was among the absolute world leaders eight years ago and reached the second place as her highest WTA world ranking. She obtained her greatest success in 2004 with the title at the French Open, and in her career, she celebrated ten WTA singles victories and five doubles titles.
Sunday, 10 June 2012 03:01
Edberg: from dream to reality
"Tell me, Stefan, tell me when"
Saturday, 09 June 2012 15:53
from Fördel Karlskrona
Absolute Wimbledon class on court with stars Stefan Edberg and Magnus Larsson.
In an almost fairytale summer, the grass courts were inaugurated on Saturday June 9th. Stefan Edberg and Magnus Larsson came in for tennis entertainment and showed up superb grass tennis for an audience of 300.
Stefan Edberg cuts the ribbon to inaugurate the first two grass courts in Sweden at the Karlskrona TK
“I think all members of the KTK should feel proud”, said Edberg, who also took the opportunity to praise the facility in its entirety. “The outdoor courts are among the best in Sweden", said Edberg. "At least visually”, added Stefan, because he had not tested them yet.
VIP lunch began
Thursday, 07 June 2012 00:17
by Mauro Cappiello (from Halle Westfalen)
Halle is the Gerry Weber Open. Everywhere you can see the logo of the tournament, that turns 20 years old in 2012, and the walk from the quiet and tidy historic centre of the town to the Gerry Weber Stadion, along Alleestraße and Gartenstraße, is filled with indications that seem to celebrate it as the most important touristic attraction. Surely not everybody is a tennis expert here, but everybody knows (or has heard of) the tennis tournament, even the nice taxi driver that takes me to the hotel from Bielefeld, a town 18 kilometers away, and doesn’t speak a word of English.
Saturday, 26 May 2012 10:07
Stefan Edberg during the Grand Cayman event of 2010
Stefan Edberg will return to the Cayman Islands for the Champions Series event he won in 2010. The tournament will take place from October 30th to November 3rd at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and will also feature the presence of Martina Hingis. Murphy Jensen and Jimmy Arias will also return.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:19
Russian-Swedish duo defies Martina Navratilova and Michael Stich.
Anastasia Myskina with her 2004 French Open trophy
Former French Open champion and world number two, 30-year-old Russian Anastasia Myskina, completed the listing of the Champions Trophy at the Gerry Weber Open. She will replace injured Andrea Petkovic and play along aside Stefan Edberg in the mixed doubles against the other two legends Martina Navratilova and Michael Stich.
«We are very glad to have found such an attractive short-term replacement and strong partner for Stefan Edberg», said tournament director Ralf Weber. «Anastasia Myskina will be a proper substitute for Andrea Petkovic, since the Russian was undoubtedly one of the best tennis players in the world», says Halle tournament boss.
Nine years ago, Myskina was first listed among the top ten tennis players in the world and from then it went all the way up. Two years later, the right-handed was up to second in the WTA rankings - her highest -. She celebrated her biggest success in June 2004 when she won the final of the French Open. There Myskina defeated her compatriot Elena Dementieva confidently in two sets, and has since firmly established in the Grand Slam history.
In addition to her ten WTA singles victories, Myskina also proved a successful doubles player, and posted here also five title wins on the tour before announcing the end of her career in June 2007.
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 14:11
from Deutsche Tennis Zeitung
Several world number ones, numerous world and European champions and Stefan Edberg, one of the greatest players of all time. The 9th Wilson international Senior Open in Manavgat had lots to offer for players and spectators. DTZ journalist Tim Wohlbold was, like many other Germans, on site for the tournament, but also to get to know the Ali Bey Club.
At the end of March tennis facilities in Germany offer more or less the same scene: club members plucking weeds from the square corners, cutting the grass around the clubhouse or sprinkling sand on the winter emaciated places. In Manavgat, on the Turkish Riviera, instead, you can already find the seventh (!) outdoor tournament of the year. And this tournament is not just any LK event for German package tourists. No, it's the Wilson Senior Open, a first category ITF Seniors Tournament.
The field says it all: countless world and European champions are at the start and here in Manavgat you can also see many of the top players in the world rankings by the respective age category. In addition to the 15000 Euro prize money and world ranking points that can be won in this Grade 1 tournament, the Ali Bey Club facility itself should be a reason why every year hundreds of players come together to Wilson Seniors. "Due to the large crowds in previous years, we preferred to move the tournament from April to March," explains Wolfgang Riedl, owner and manager of the tourism company Patricio Travel and organizer of the event.
Thursday, 05 April 2012 19:28
Stefan Edberg during the doubles match at the Ali Bey Club
(29.03.2012) Former world n. 1 and 9 time Grand Slam champion Swedish tennis star Stefan Edberg was the special guest of the 9th International Wilson Seniors Open Tennis Tournament.
The tournament was scheduled in TTF’s (Turkish Tennis Federation) international seniors calendar and took place in Ali Bey Club Manavgat tennis courts. Having the opportunity to meet Stefan Edberg, Turkish seniors also had the chance to take photographs with the Swedish tennis star. The famous champion’s practices and show matches were breathtaking. The organization took place in the Center Court and the Grand Stand was strikingly filled with people.