Senior exhibitions and tournaments
Saturday, 08 October 2011 18:14
by Mauro Cappiello
Only an hour and 20 minutes of play were enough for Stefan Edberg to beat Ivan Lendl in the second match of the AFAS Tennis Classics. So it will be the Swede who will play organizer Paul Haarhuis in tomorrow's final that will be held at 15.00 CET.
Stefan was never broken in a match that looked close only in the second half of the second set, when the six-time Grand Slam champion struggled to hold three successive rounds of serve. On 4-5 he was two points away from losing the set and taking the match to a Champions tie-break, but a game later he made the decisive break that gave him the match with a 6-3 7-5, the same score with which he outclassed Henri Leconte yesterday.
Edberg, in fact, had cruised through the first set that had lasted less than half an hour and had been more one-sided than what the score may suggest. An only break, made by the Swede on the score of 4-3, had been decisive here as well, but Stefan had proved to be more aggressive and more at ease with his game than a weary Lendl.
Now the final match against Haarhuis, the Dutchman who overcame Muster in the first match and, surprisingly, Richard Krajicek in the second. The local hero against one of the classiest player in the history of tennis. What a feast for the crowd in Holland!
Friday, 07 October 2011 17:50
by Mauro Cappiello
UPDATE!!! Stefan won his first match at the AFAS Tennis Classics, beating Henri Leconte 6-3 7-5.
This week end Stefan Edberg is playing in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands in the 10th edition of the AFAS Tennis Classics. The exhibition tournament, organized by former doubles specialists Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis, features several stars from the tour of the 80s and 90s, such as Ivan Lendl, Andrei Medvedev, Henri Leconte and local favourite Richard Krajicek. Paul Haarhuis will also take part in the event.
Edberg's presence has been ensured since last May, but we have to say the organizers didn't do their best to promote the event. The official site and the Facebook page only have a Dutch version, so we came to know Edberg was there only at the last moment thanks to a Dutch fan, Gabriella Kraaiveld.
Stefan arrived yesterday night in Apeldoorn, a town some 80 kms south east of Amsterdam. He is with his wife Annette and with children Christopher and Emilie. His first match will be against Henri Leconte, on Friday 7th at 20.00 CET, so in about an hour. Tomorrow, the Swede will meet former rival Ivan Lendl at 14.30 CET.
You can follow the matches online at this link, but unfortunately you have to pay to get an account.
Thursday, 06 October 2011 17:26
John McEnroe and Stefan Edberg will clash in Sweden in March 2012 after it was announced that the city of Stockholm is to stage an ATP Champions Tour tournament for the first time.
Former World No.1's McEnroe and Edberg will all form part of a spectacular eight-man field of players at the event, which will take place 13-16 March in the Swedish capital. The remaining six players will be announced in due course.
"It is fantastic news that the ATP Champions Tour is coming to Stockholm," said Tournament Director, Per Hjertquist. "Players like John McEnroe and Stefan Edberg are global stars and I am sure that the people of Sweden will be happy to see them in March."
The event will feature an eight-man line-up of players which will divide into two groups of four. Players will face off against their group rivals over a round-robin format. All players will feature in at least three matches, and the top player in each group will advance to the final on Friday 16th March.
"To have an event in Stockholm is great news for the ATP Champions Tour," said Tour CEO, Jan Felgate. "The players on our Tour are popular wherever they go and I know that they will enjoy playing in Sweden, which has such a rich tennis tradition."
Thursday, 25 August 2011 17:18
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg at the Trophée Lagardère 2010 (picture by Valerie Camps)
It looks like there won't be a new edition of Trophée Jean Luc Lagardere. The popular tournament, one of the most successful of the Champions Tour, may have followed Vale do Lobo in the list of the events cancelled from the Senior Tour schedule. As of August 25th the player field for the tournament, that used to take place at the Lagardère Racing Club before moving to the Stade de Coubertin last year, has not yet been announced. In 2010, the seventh edition that celebrated Yannick Noah's 50th birthday was presented within the end of July, but in the last days, as the official website of the trophy is still freezed on last October's edition, the tournaments, that was to take place between September 30th and October 2nd, has suddenly disappeared from the left column of the ATP Champions Tour website, the one with the list of upcoming events.
This would be a huge loss for the Champions tour. Started in 2004, the Lagardère Trophy counted in its list of winners names like Sergi Bruguera, Stefan Edberg, Thomas Enqvist and John McEnroe, who triumphed last year. Stefan, instead, won in 2008, at his first appearance in a Champions Tour event, beating Sergi Bruguera in the final..
Sunday, 31 July 2011 12:54
Stefan Edberg and Goran Ivanisevic in Zurich 2010
from If Stockholm Open website
Wimbledon legends meet in the Kungliga Hallen on Saturday October 15
Monday, 18 July 2011 13:43
According to Aftonbladet.se, Stefan Edberg will play the Senior Tour event in Stockholm next year, together with Mats Wilander, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl. The Swedish capital will be a new stage of the ATP Champions Tour from 2012. The event will take place from March 13 to 16 in an arena set inside the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre. IMG will be in charge of the event, but, for the moment, they didn't want either to confirm or to deny the anticipation: «Call me in a couple of weeks, so we'll see what we can tell" the management company member Per Hjetquist said to Sportbladet.
Friday, 08 July 2011 19:01
Stefan Edberg last year at the Algarve in Portugal
from The Portugal News online
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 09:47
Stefan Edberg, winner in Zurich 2010
Defending champion Stefan Edberg has been forced to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Zurich Open today because of hip and groin injuries. His place in the eight-man field has been taken by the current No.1 player in the South African Airways Rankings, Mark Philippoussis.
"I am very sorry that I can't play in the BNP Paribas Zurich Open next week," said Edberg. "I love playing there and I had a fantastic week last year. It was a very difficult decision to take but health must come before tennis so that I can continue playing in the future. I am not in good enough shape to play four matches at the moment and I really want to be 100% prepared so that I can do my best. I will be in rehab for a while and then hopefully back again 100% to play in the BNP Paribas Zurich Open next year.’Philippoussis, who won the first ATP Champions Tour event of the year last week in Delray Beach, will try to make it two-in-a-row when he arrives in Switzerland. The Australian will have his work cut out with Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Ivanisevic, Tim Henman, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Henri Leconte making up the opposition.
Sunday, 20 February 2011 09:31
Stefan Edberg finished third in the exhibition tournament "Maestros del Tenis" held in Santiago, Chile. In the third place match, he defeated Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov with the score of 6-1 6-2 in just 41 minutes of play.
Saturday, 19 February 2011 09:29
Stefan Edberg lost to Cedric Pioline 7-6(2) 7-5 in the semifinals of the "Maestros del Tenis" tournament in Santiago. Stefan will play tonight against Yevgeny Kafelnikov for the third place.