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"My parents, that I consider as my best friends, taught me since I was a kid that happiness is a modest thing that has nothing to do with money and fame" - Stefan Edberg on his values. Read the article

Senior exhibitions and tournaments

All is ready for the Kings of Tennis

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.


Tennis Classics will be held in St. Wendel

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


Champions tennis is real tennis

from Libero
by Miska Ruggeri
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

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.


Edberg on the Court? Time Out of Mind

from Real Clear Sports.com
by Tim Joyce

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.

It was late Friday morning, and I had turned on the Tennis Channel to view the semifinal matches from the Qatar Open in Doha, one of several tournaments that kick off the calendar year in advance of the Australian Open. Though it's only a 250 event, meaning the least important from the standpoint of ranking points a player can accumulate, the field is always strong. This year was no exception, as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were in the draw.

The semifinal matchups promised to be entertaining, with Federer taking on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the man who defeated him on his beloved Wimbledon grass last summer, and Nadal playing athletic if erratic Frenchman Gael Monfils.

I had tuned in slightly late and anticipated joining the Federer-Tsonga semi late in the first set. Sure enough, the first image I saw was that of Tsonga preparing to return serve.

It was after the camera pulled back to show the full court when it happened. It was as if I had been sent spiraling into some vortex in time. I heard the announcer say "Edberg," and indeed, when I squinted I could see "Edberg" written in the score line. Even more unusual was that the figure sprinting across the screen looked indeed like Stefan Edberg, the Swedish tennis legend who retired 16 years ago. I immediately walked closer to the TV.


The match nobody expected...

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.

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