Stefan Edberg defeated Tom Blake 8-5 in his opening match at the Grand Cayman Legends
by Matthew Yates
from Compass Cayman.com
Stefan Edberg is living up to the hype in the Legends Tennis Championship.
Edberg, 46, defeated American Thomas Blake, 34, 8-5 on Wednesday to secure a finals berth in the men’s singles division. The Swede will battle South African Wayne Ferreira, 41, on Friday, 2 November, at The Courts at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Edberg states the contest will resurrect an old rivalry.
“Wayne and I have played several times on the pro tour,” Edberg said. “He won a couple of times, I won a couple of times. It’s going to be a tough match in the final but I’m looking forward to it.”
Stefan Edberg at the Legends Championships 2010
Everything is ready for the Grand Cayman Legends Tennis Championships that start on Tuesday October 30th. The exhibition tournament, that will have charity purposes, will feature a four-player men's event and a mixed doubles event. Stefan Edberg, who won the tournament back in 2010 beating Marat Safin in the final, is also in this year's players field. Other remarkable names in the draws are those of Martina Hingis, Wayne Ferreira and Murphy Jensen.
Stefan will play his first match on Wednesday October 31st, against Tom Blake, former pro and James' brother.
Stefan Edberg during the 2012 edition of the Kings of Tennis event
from Kings of Tennis.se
Kings of tennis is back after a successful first year and the preparations of the event have started. “John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg, Mats Wilander and Jimmy Connors are some of the players that we wish to get for this year’s event” says Per Hjertquist.
The ATP Champions Tour could be compared to one big Hall of Fame. The field is exclusive and only former champions will participate. In order to qualify for the tournament, the players must either have been ranked no.1 in the world, be a Grand Slam winner/finalist or a singles player in a winning Davis Cup team.
The ATP Champions Tour is played in eight cities around the world and is normally played over four days in a round-robin format, ensuring that all players feature in at three matches per tournament. There are eight players, divided into two groups of four, where they play against each other in each Champions Tour event. The top player from each group contests the final, while the two players who finish second in each group play off for third place.
The matches are played in best of three sets, with the deciding set taking the form of a Champions tie-break. The winner is the player who first scores ten points and two-point margin.
The ATP Champions Tour is played in: The United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Colombia, Brazil, Belgium, United Kingdom and Scotland.
by Mauro Cappiello (from Halle Westfalen)
Where to start from? When you have the chance to meet your childhood idol, suddenly every word becomes foreseen. So I would like to begin from the kindness of the staff at the press office of the Gerry Weber Open. It was only thanks to them that, without any media credential, I managed to access the press conference of the Champions Trophy and, believe it or not, without really knowing how, I found myself sitting in the first row, watching the winners of 70 Grand Slam tournaments combined speak, two meters away from the man I had always only watched on tv and who was the owner of my feelings back in my teenage days.
I was there, waiting to come in at a sign of the tournament communication director after all the players had ended speaking. He, indeed, introduced me to Stefan who saw me and smiled at me, when he recognized the outfit I was wearing: «Ah… and he has a nice Adidas jacket!», he said, maybe going back with his memory to 25 years ago, when he lifted his second Australian Open trophy with that on.
by Hans Peter Tipp
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Spectators cheer the old stars Navratilova, Myskina, Edberg and Stich
Halle. Star Quartet at the Gerry Weber Stadium: yesterday almost 11,000 spectators appreciated with lots of applauses the show match at the Champions Trophy between tennis legends Martina Navratilova/Michael Stich and Anastasia Myskina/Stefan Edberg.
At the end of the tennis party Stich/Navratilova were handed the larger of the four trophies, because they had won the last point after 90 minutes of entertainment with the score of 5-7, 6-2, 10-8.
"You're happy when you win. But it is not so bad if you lose", was, according to Stich, the striking theme of an afternoon that brought the tennis stars, not only the audience, back of a couple of years in the past.