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"Things have really changed in today's tennis. In my years there were more upsets, there were a lot more names... It was not as predictable as tennis is today. You've got the question: «Who's gonna win the next Grand Slam?» and you only have four options" - Stefan Edberg on today's tennis. Read the interview

Senior exhibitions and tournaments

Edberg and McEnroe in Stockholm Champions event

from ATP Champions Tour official site

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."

 

The end of Trophée Lagardère?

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..

 

Edberg-Ivanisevic in Stockholm


Stefan Edberg and Goran Ivanisevic in Zurich 2010

from If Stockholm Open website
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello

Wimbledon legends meet in the Kungliga Hallen on Saturday October 15

There will be a classic meeting between Stefan Edberg and Goran Ivanisevic at the Kungliga Tennis Hallen. The two legends have played against each other nineteen times before with a very narrow leadership by the Croat of 10-9 in the statistics.

If Edberg wants to level up the balance (but Stefan has beaten Ivanisevic twice as a senior: in the 2008 Legends Live final in Copenhagen and in the 2010 Zurich final - translator annotation), he must access Ivanisevic's powerful serve. No other player has namely hit as many aces as Ivanisevic, who during his professional career thundered into no fewer than 10093 aces. Only in 1996, Ivanisevic hit 1477 aces, which remains a record for a season on the ATP tour.

If Ivanisevic has one of the best serves of all time, so Edberg has perhaps the sharpest and most beautiful backhand volley. The elegant player from Västervik is also used to winning matches in the Kungliga Tennis Hallen. It was at the Royal Center Court that Edberg, for example, won in the final of the If Stockholm Open in 1986 and 1987. Edberg is also the player who won most matches in the Stockholm Open history.

 

Stefan Edberg to play in Stockholm next March

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.

 

Prestigious Vale do Lobo tennis tournament cancelled


Stefan Edberg last year at the Algarve in Portugal

from The Portugal News online

A shortage of sponsors, financial backers and cash has forced the organisers of the Vale do Lobo Grand Champions tennis tournament to announce the end of the event ten years since it was first staged.

In a statement sent to The Portugal News, organisers Premier Sports explained the essential reason for the demise of the Grand Champions was the result of “the decision of key sponsors to withdraw their financial backing at the 11th hour.”

The tournament, set for 9 to 12 August, is therefore cancelled, despite confirmations from a number of players that they would be jetting down to the Algarve in a tournament which has attracted the likes of John McEnroe, Greg Rusedski, Jeremy Bates, Thomas Muster, Stefan Edberg and last year’s winner Thomas Enqvist.

 
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