Senior exhibitions and tournaments
Friday, 23 March 2012 09:43
Stefan Edberg volleys against Mark Philippoussis in Zurich 2012
Stefan Edberg produced the performance of the week on Thursday evening to defeat Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 7-6(4), a result that gives him an unassailable lead at the top of Group B and assures him qualification for Saturday’s BNP Paribas ZurichOpen final.
Edberg, who defeated Goran Ivanisevic to lift the Zurich Open title back in 2010, hit a purple patch against the 36-year-old Philippoussis. The Swede was undaunted in the face of a barrage of 220km/h serves from the Philippoussis racquet, and used his own deft touch at the net, and wily groundstrokes to outsmart his opponent.
"This is about as well as I can play,” said Edberg. «In fact I think today was the best I've played in years, I'm really happy. It was just one of those days where everything feels right. I also got the run of the luck today, a lot of lucky balls went my way which always helps».
For Edberg it will be a first ATP Champions Tour final since he lifted the title here in Zurich two years ago.
«It’s great to be back playing well again and I am happy to be in the final. The court here suits me so I will look forward to the match whoever I play».
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:46
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg will play his "junior-champion mixed" doubles tournament in Zurich teaming up Filip Bergevi, a 17 year old boy coming from Sweden. As their tournament starts today with a quarter final match against Henri Leconte and Julien Cagnina, let's learn something on Stefan's partner. Bergevi was born in Åhus on April 20th, 1994 and was brought into tennis by his uncle Pontus. He started playing at the age of 6 and, already as an 11 year old kid, he was known as one of the most promising juniors in Sweden, a status that he confirmed lately this season climbing the ITF junior ranking until his personal best of number 34. Last year in this period he wasn't even in the top 800.
The big boost came from a three week tour in Venezuela, where Filip won 13 matches, losing just one. There also came his biggest win so far, the "Copa Gatorade", an ITF Grade-1 tournament for under 18 players played last January, that Bergevi won losing just a set in five matches and beating Christian Garin from Chile in the final. He also won the doubles tournament there, with Jeroen Vanneste. Bergevi likes a lot playing doubles, because, he says, it improves his aggressiveness and his net game.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 09:56
Despite giving away nine years to his opponent, Stefan Edberg outlasted Tim Henman in a marathon match on Tuesday night to secure a 7-6(11), 6-1 win.
Stefan Edberg during the match with Henman
Edberg was full of energy right from the start but Henman managed to get a read on his service and broke in the third game of the match. The Brit seemed to have the first set in the bag but Edberg broke back in the tenth game. The Swede then saved another break point with a backhand down the line straight out of a 1980s highlight reel and a tie-break ensued. And after the set had gone the distance, it was only logical that the breaker would be cut from the same cloth. Henman saved a handful of set points but Edberg was not to be denied, taking the tie-break 13-11. And this was just a "normal", first-to-seven breaker…
Friday, 16 March 2012 15:51
John McEnroe hits a volley at the Kings of Tennis
John McEnroe believes that his old rival Bjorn Borg inspired him to his best tennis in 10 years as he overwhelmed Thomas Muster to reach the final in Stockholm.
Borg was watching from courtside as McEnroe beat Muster 6-2, 6-2. The American will now meet Magnus Larsson in the final of the Kings of Tennis by Index International on Friday. Larsson edged past Stefan Edberg 3-6, 6-2, 10-8 to preserve his unbeaten record in the round-robin stages.
For the 53-year-old McEnroe, victory over Muster continued one of the most satisfying weeks of his 16-year ATP Champions Tour career. He has beaten Pat Cash, Mikael Pernfors and now Muster without losing a set. To thrash the 44-year-old former World No.1 Muster, who recently chiselled himself into extraordinary shape and made an 18-month return to the ATP World Tour to test himself against teenagers and 20-somethings, it was an incredible achievement. McEnroe was a very happy man.
Friday, 16 March 2012 15:07
Stefan Edberg in Zurich 2010
The BNP Paribas Zurich Open starts on Tuesday March 20th. Stefan Edberg is in the same group as Tim Henman, Mark Philippoussis and Henri Leconte and will play his first singles match on Tuesday against the Brit.
The other group of the Champions competition is made up of Pat Cash, Michael Stich, Marat Safin and Carlos Moya, who replaced injured Jimmy Connors.
The Zurich tournament will follow its traditional format (which is unique in the Champions Tour): eight past World Number Ones, Grand Slam Champions and Davis Cup winners competing for the title over five days are joined by eight of the world’s best junior players who will compete in their own parallel tournament. Then, during the night session on each day of the event, tennis’ past and future champions will unite to play side-by-side in a separate doubles tournament where teams formed of one legend and one junior will do battle against one another. The event is being billed as 'Where Champions Meet Talents'.
Stefan Edberg won the Champions competition back in 2010, in the first edition of the tournament, beating Goran Ivanisevic in the final.
Thursday, 15 March 2012 10:03
Goran Ivanisevic took out the frustration that remained from his most recent loss to Stefan Edberg, and his narrow defeat to Magnus Larsson yesterday, to produce, in his words, the best match he has ever played on the ATP Champions Tour. On day two of the Kings of Tennis by Index International in Stockholm, Ivanisevic defeated Edberg 6-4, 6-2 with some monstrous serves and vicious ground-strokes.
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:39
What would the Kings of Tennis be without the Växjö elements? Answer: A lot worse and a lot more boring.
Stefan Edberg in action during his first day match against Ferreira
When the ATP Champions Tour came to Sweden for the first time there were three affiliations from Växjö. But then Mats Wilander threw the towel in (replaced by Mikael Pernfors) and only Magnus Larsson and Stefan Edberg remained in the purpose-built center court on level four in the Waterfront, Stockholm's major convention hotels.
Monday, 12 March 2012 14:33
From tomorrow the ATP Champions Tour stages in Stockholm for the first time, with the Kings of Tennis event at the Waterfront Congress Centre. Stefan Edberg is in the Group one, along with Wayne Ferreira (his first opponent tomorrow), Goran Ivanisevic (who beat him in Stockholm last October), and Magnus Larsson. So the much anticipated clash against John McEnroe can't happen before the final.
The event is played with the classic Round Robin formula of the Champions Tour: group matches at the best of three sets, with a Champions' tie-break (first to ten) replacing the final set. The first ranked player in each group will qualify for the final and there'll be also a third place final, between the two groups runner-ups. The finals will both be played on Friday.
Thursday, 08 March 2012 15:02
The Tennis Classics had already been postponed last December 11th
Michael Stich, Stefan Edberg, Henri Leconte and Thomas Muster will not play in Saarbrücken on 11th March 2012. Tennis fans will have to wait a bit, because the Tennis Classics will not be held as planned in the Saarland, Saarbrücken, but in St. Wendel. An exact date will be announced soon.
Guenter Mueller, MH Sports Marketing: "We already have all the participating players, the relocation information, and all are looking forward to the sports city of St. Wendel". The tickets already purchased can be returned to the respective box offices. All ticket agencies have been notified.
- Press release from the organizers of the Tennis Classics
Saturday, 03 March 2012 17:30
Lendl, McEnroe, Borg keep on challenging each other on court. On March 20th also “Jimbo” Connors comes back. And the big show is still granted.
Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe at the 2010 Trophée Lagardère in Paris (photo Tennis-Buzz)
While the greats of world tennis, 8 of the top 10 led by Djokovic and Federer, challenge each other on the hard courts and under the sun of Dubai, Delray Beach staged the first tournament of the 2012 ATP Champions Tour, the circuit that puts the legends of the racquet together, all former number ones or Davis Cup and Slam winners, from McEnroe to Borg, from Sampras to Rafter, from Muster to Rios, for a dive into nostalgia.
In Florida Carlos Moya won, the man from Spain, better, from Maiorca like Nadal, beating Ivan Lendl in the final, with the score of 6-4 6-4. A foreseen result, given the age difference: just 35 the winner, retired since November 2010; 52 next week the runner-up, struggling since 1994 with golf clubs in the (failed) attempt to become a star on the green as well, before seriously getting back to tennis, as Murray’s coach.
But, as Moya himself said, after the ritual compliments («Ivan is still a great player. He’s been 16 years out of tennis and this has been a great effort for him. His forehand is still really good, especially down the line»), the aim of champions tournaments is primarily not agonistic, but hedonistic.