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"I think every person will experience moments like this. For 15 years I've been pursuing the tennis world, and have experienced all the bitter and the sweet. I will always remember you" - Stefan Edberg on leaving tennis. Read the article

Senior exhibitions and tournaments

In Halle, waiting for THE DAY

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.


Stefan Edberg to return to Grand Cayman

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.

A major change for the 2012 Legends Tennis is the introduction of the ‘Celebrity Tennis Challenge’, a special exhibition event with celebrities like Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Records Group, and golf player Greg Norman. Commenting on the addition, Sir Richard Branson said, “As a keen tennis player I’m looking forward to playing in the Legends Tennis and being on court with some of the greatest tennis players ever”.

The Grand Cayman Legends Championship has been a stage of the Champions Series Tour for four years since 2008. The first edition of the event was won in 2008 by Jim Courier, who doubled in 2009. Then, two years ago, Stefan won surprisingly defeating Marat Safin in the final at the Champions tie-break. Last year the tournament was won by Wayne Ferreira.

The Legends Tennis contributes to charity every year. In 2011 it donated over $25,000 worth of benefits to Cayman charities. These included over $10,000 to the Cayman Crisis Centre and over $12,000 worth of tennis equipment to the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands.


Myskina replaces Petkovic in Halle Champions Trophy

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.


World class in Manavgat, the Wilson Senior Open

from Deutsche Tennis Zeitung 
by Tim  Wohlbold
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

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.


Tennis show from Edberg

from TTF.org.tr
translated into English by Rasim Oskay KOCAOĞLU

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.

Umpired by Murat Aykaç, the first doubles match was between Stefan Edberg/Peter Pokorny (60+ Austria) against Peter Adrigan (65+ Germany) /Andrew Rae (Australia). In the second match Stefan Edberg partnered with fellow player Jörgen Aberg against Manfred Hundstorfer (Austria)/Jörgen Aberg(Germany).

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