Senior exhibitions and tournaments
Monday, 09 January 2012 11:32
from Real Clear Sports.com
Stefan Edberg on court against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
For a few seconds, just an instant, I thought I was suspended in the most powerful, lucid dream I had yet experienced. And it occurred in the filtered winter light of day.
Friday, 06 January 2012 20:27
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before their exhibition in Doha
Nobody had talked or written about it, but Stefan Edberg was in Doha with his family (his wife Annette and children Emilie and Christopher). Probably he had been invited by the organizers of the Qatar Open to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the event.
But nobody would ever expect Stefan to play again in Doha, 17 years after his second success in that tournament that had also been his last trophy on the ATP. The occasion came when world number three Roger Federer had to retire injured before his semifinal match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could even begin. The organizers' minds immediately went to Stefan's name and so they managed to arrange a single set show match between the Swede and the Frenchman, that paid back the crowd, already disappointed for the walkover of the defending champion.
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:50
from Zurich Open.net
Stefan Edberg in Zurich in 2010
The six-time Grand-Slam winner Stefan Edberg convincingly won the tournament at the premier of the BNP Paribas Zurich Open in 2010. Although the Swede was not able to participate last year due to an injury, the crowd favorite will again take part in March.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 20:42
from Tennis World Usa.org
Tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Stefan Edberg will be part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in June 2012. Navratilova is stepping in for German legend Steffi Graf who will not play the exhibition event which she was supposed to.
Sunday, 11 December 2011 09:38
Source: Gerry Weber Open.de
Stefan Edberg confirmed that he would take part of the “Champions Trophy” at the Gerry Weber Open on June, 10th 2012.
This will be his very first participation at the tournament. He’ll be playing mixed doubles on grass beside Andrea Petkovic and against another famous team: Michael Stich and Steffi Graf. “I heard so many positive things about this tournament, and I’m very happy to finally have the opportunity to play there”. He added with a wink towards Michael Stich: “I have a revenge to take”. He was talking about the 1991 semi-final in Wimbledon as he was beaten by the German in four sets 4:6, 7:6, 7:6, 7:6.
Ralf Weber, the tournament director, is very proud to welcome Stefan in Halle. “He has always been very popular and a model of sportsmanship all over the world. It’s an honor to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our tournament with him”.
Tickets from 24 Euros to 120 Euros.
Saturday, 10 December 2011 16:37
Michael Stich presents the 2011 edition of the Tennis Classics in Saarbrücken
Unfortunately, tennis fans will have to wait a bit longer, because the Tennis Classics (tennis exhibition match with Michael Stich, Stefan Edberg, Henri Leconte and Thomas Muster) of December 11, 2011 was moved to March 11, 2012. But no fear, the players have already confirmed and will come in the same location in the Saarlandhalle.
Sunday, 30 October 2011 22:18
from Tennis Talk.com
Stefan Edberg and Caroline Wozniacki at the 2010 event
The only tennis event in one of the world's richest cities is on death watch after a title sponsor failed to step forward to fund the long-running Hong Kong Tennis Classic.
Saturday, 15 October 2011 21:53
by Mauro Cappiello
A funny moment during the exhibition
The support of the home crowd didn't help Stefan Edberg overcome Goran Ivanisevic in the exhibition of the Kungliga Tennishallen in Stockholm. The Croat won in straight sets, with the score of 7-6, 7-6. It's the first senior victory for Ivanisevic on Edberg, after the two losses, both in tournament finals, at the Legends Live in Copenhagen in 2008 and in Zurich in 2010. Ivanisevic led 10-9 in their official meetings.
In front of a crowd of 3800, Goran exploited the power of his serve in the decisive moments of the two tie-breaks, as he had done in several matches won against the Swede during their professional careeers, particularly between 1992 and 1993. «I'm very tired, it was a tough match. But I hope that the audience thought it was entertaining», said the 2001 Wimbledon champion at the end of the exhibition. Edberg, despite the loss, didn't lose his smile: «It was funny to play in a great arena with this setting. Funny that so many came and watched, too».
Edberg had won both the previous senior head-to-heads against Goran by a little margin, always at the Champions tie-break. In Zurich he had even saved two match points. But this time there was nothing he could do to prevent his five years younger opponent to prevail.
Thursday, 13 October 2011 12:50
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg speaks at the trophy ceremony in Stuttgart 1992. He has just lost to Goran Ivanisevic
The elegant serve and volley player against the hard server. Through the years of their professional careers, Stefan Edberg and Goran Ivanisevic gave life to a rivalry that reached its summit on the fast indoor surfaces of the 90s. From the Roland Garros fourth round of 1989 to the Stuttgart indoor second round of 1996, 19 episodes of the eternal battle between classical and power tennis that saw Ivanisevic prevail in the end by 10 wins to 9. Tennis was shifting to the age of high speeds…
A fast start for the Swede, who left the young Croat just one, useless success in the first six meetings, a match at the best of three sets in the Davis Cup tie between Sweden and Yugoslavia that the Vikings had already lost when Stefan and Goran met. Edberg won two hard fought back-to-back semifinals in 1991 in Sydney and Tokyo with almost the same score: 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 and 4-6, 7-6, 7-5, two matches that were part of Stefan’s winning streak of 20 matches in a row that had started with his first triumph in New York.
Sunday, 09 October 2011 23:39
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg interviewed after the final against Haarhuis
There was no happy ending for Stefan Edberg in Apeldoorn. Paul Haarhuis, who had never beaten Stefan in five meetings on the professional tour including the final in Doha in 1994, has taken his revenge in front of his home crowd in a match that had no story. The 45 year old from Eindhoven, who was born right a month after Stefan, won 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and a quarter.
The turning point of the match came in the sixth game of the first set. With a little help from the luck, Haarhuis managed to break Stefan's serve and, from that moment on, the Dutchman never looked back. After closing the first set 6-3 he gained the early advantage in the second set, breaking the Swede again in the first game. A second break came to give Haarhuis a 5-2 lead and only when he served for the match Stefan managed to win a game on his serve.
But that wasn't enough to put the former number one in the match again, because in the following game he netted a backhand to hand his opponent the victory.
Stefan acknowledged Haarhuis was too good today in a post-match interview, in which he also thanked the big crowd for coming. Now he's already looking at the long awaited challenge against Goran Ivanisevic in Stockholm.