Friday, 27 December 2013 17:01
A few hours after this interview Roger Federer in person confirmed Stefan Edberg as part of his coaching staff for 2014. Congratulations, Stefan!
from Basler Zeitung
Roger Federer talks about the collaboration with Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker's career and Mirka's pregnancy.
Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer at the gala night of celebration for the world number ones of last August in New York
It's eight o'clock in the morning Swiss time. As agreed, the phone rings. At the other end of the line: Roger Federer. "Hello, how are you?," the world tennis star opens up a good half-hour conversation, as usual - and then clears his throat a number of times. A common cold? "Yes, but it's already going away," he explains. No need to worry then.
Federer is fit and well prepared for the new season, as he believes. Today he flies to Brisbane, where, on Sunday, the ATP 250 hard-court tournament begins. There, the player from Basel is seeded n.1, the clear favorite - a role that he no longer held in the past, rather difficult months.
Roger Federer, in the last few weeks you surprised the fans with some news. Especially with the announcement on Christmas Eve, that you will be a father for the third time in 2014. When will the baby be born?
I don't like to talk about the details, even if everybody asks. In the end, this is something very personal. What matters now is that Mirka is alright and she will experience a good pregnancy again. Just as the last time. Back in 2009, she stood at Wimbledon with no problem during the dramatic five setter against Andy Roddick and she was at the eighth month. This was not obvious, I think. So far she is doing well. Let's hope she stays that way.
Thursday, 26 December 2013 13:13
by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier at the 2008 Dubai Champions event
US Davis Cup Team captain Jim Courier was interviewed by Andy Zodin during the radio broadcast Sunday Night Sports Zone and gave his opinion about the many moves of coaches that have characterized the tennis off-season.
"Stefan Edberg hasn't spent any time coaching at high level, neither has Boris Becker, - said the former world number one - but that's interesting. Ivan Lendl hadn't coached either before, but we've seen how great Ivan's partnership with Andy Murray has been for both of them".
According to the four time Grand Slam champion, if so many of the current top players are asking for help from past champions it's not for a technical reason, but there are three different ways to look at the fact.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 15:42
from Aftonbladet Tennisbloggen
Who has ever said that the tennis off-season is boring?
Within a few days, two of the sport's biggest stars, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, shook the lives of sleepy experts and lazy bloggers:
• The legendary Boris Becker becomes Djokovic's new coach.
• His equally legendary rival Stefan Edberg begins cooperation with Federer.
Or, to quote John McEnroe: You've got to be kidding me?
Yes, Andy Murray's partnership with Ivan Lendl was a success. No doubt about that, after two Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal.
But Djokovic and Federer have already got what Murray lacked when he hired the Czech - Grand Slam titles and other sporting monumental success that made them the undisputed biggest stars of today's tennis, along with Rafael Nadal.
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 01:14
They say it’s the off season but if you’re a coach it’s really the “on season”. This is the time when players makes changes to their roster in hope of bettering themselves for the new season which begins just around the corner.
Kei Nishikori snared Michael Chang in a promising move. Richard Gasquet recently added Sergi Bruguera in a curious hire. And there have been some others.
But the big news is that of Novak Djokovic signing up Boris Becker. And also the hint that Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg could also have a future.
First, I have to applaud both guys for at least trying to improve. Neither Becker nor Edberg have much if any past coaching experience. But they know what it takes to win and they understand the game. And therein lies the value. Novak and Roger know how to hit the ball, how to move, how to serve, but adding a Becker/Edberg might (and should) offer a different viewpoint in terms of strategy. And that advice could be a huge pay off.
So handicapping both moves…
Monday, 23 December 2013 10:00
from Il Tempo
The three greats back on court as coaches. They were chosen by Djokovic, Federer and Murray.
"I think there has been a generation that has really changed the game. The tennis we showed in the 80s is not so different from today's." Words by Boris Becker, former world No. 1 and Novak Djokovic's new coach. "Bum Bum" joins Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray's current coach, and probably Stefan Edberg, who is expected to announce shortly his sports union with Roger Federer. Becker, Lendl and Eberg, three extraordinary champions from the past, winners of as many as 20 Grand Slam titles on aggregate, three different talents, with extremely different personalities.
Ivan Lendl, born in 1960, has won eight Slams in his career (twice the Australian Open, three times the French and three times the US Open), without ever being able to triumph at Wimbledon, the only major regret of his glittering career. Lendl was the man of the records: he has won at least one tournament a year for fourteen consecutive seasons, from 1980 to 1993, reaching for eleven years ('81 - '91) a Grand Slam final. Player (and now coach) with a rough character, hostile to any outburst of joy, however, he was able to give the British crowd the joy of Andy Murray's Wimbledon title, 77 years after Fred Perry's. The first words from the Scottish champion were straightly directed to his coach with affection: "This title is dedicated to my staff and especially to my coach, Ivan Lendl, who has never managed to win here, even though he played two finals" .
Sunday, 22 December 2013 23:35
Just a couple of days before Christmas, when the news of the Edberg-Federer partnership was not official yet, Pete Sampras was interviewed by Steve Flink and gave his views on what Stefan's help could bring into Federer's game.
This is the most interesting excerpt of their conversation:
"Stefan is a great guy and one of the best serve-and-volleyers ever. But I feel like Roger is always going to be more comfortable staying back and not really looking to come in too much. Maybe Stefan would shed some light on movement up at the net because playing the net is about movement and intuition. There may be some other things Stefan could help Roger with. When push comes to shove and you get nervous, you always rely on what you do best. I don’t see Roger really changing his game and he doesn’t have to, but if there is a way he can utilize Stefan with some chip-and-charge it could help against some of these guys. Stefan has such a great temperament and that would be a good match if Roger decided to have Stefan travel and work with him. I have a lot of respect for Stefan and his knowledge of the game."
Friday, 20 December 2013 23:00
from Espn Deportes
Everything returns. More than two decades after being the stars of the tour, they get back to the stage. Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Michael Chang and Sergi Bruguera are in the tennis world again, but this time for their off court actions. The four joined Petr Korda, Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Lendl, among others, who had been the spearhead of a golden generation. The new coaches in action.
The last occurrence of this selected group was the most unexpected and sensational. Boris Becker joined Novak Djokovic's team. The Serb will have the former world number one as head of a group that will keep his current coach, Marian Vajda. Australia, Dubai, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Cincinnati, US Open, Shanghai, Paris and London: the German's presence was confirmed in 12 tournaments.
"I'm really delighted to have the opportunity to work with Boris. He's a legend, someone who knows a lot about tennis and his experience will help me win new Grand Slam trophies. He's also a great person and I'm sure that he will strenghten our workgroup," said Djokovic, who also added that Becker "will bring fresh air" to his team.
Friday, 20 December 2013 19:27
In the tennis community, the alignment of stars looks like something magic. Everybody knows of the professional relationship, just as solid as the former Czech's massive jaw, tying Ivan Lendl and Andy Murray: to merge the destinies of the terrible Ivan and the Scottish boy, a dream named Wimbledon. Now expired for the former number one who tried anything, even skipped the French Open, not to give up that last, desperate chance. But won only two shots against the target of the sacred fire of the Championships and failed both in 1986 and 1987. As a coach, on the other hand, Lendl has been able to eradicate the virus that weakened Murray in the Grand Slam, with the vaccine that he himself had experienced after four finals lost in Paris, Australia, and New York in the early eighties; Andy repaid him violating the ground of Wimbledon, for the delight of the British fans.
You know the news: former champion training a champion. There's more, though. In these few weeks of preparation for the upcoming season, Roger Federer has withdrawn in his plastic hermitage of Dubai, where he sweats and moves, like the arms of the goddess Kali, parts of his business activities, especially those in real estate. The fallen king, after the upset of the last few months spent with an aching back, invited to share his training camp not a kid chosen among the juniors, or one of the lately unemployed professional coaches. He called Mr. Stefan Edberg, the master of the lost art of serve & volley, the heron with Scandinavian blood and movements inspired to Nureyev's.
Thursday, 19 December 2013 19:16
from La Stampa
Djokovic chooses the Geman to get back to number one: but it doesn't always work out.
"I am very pleased to have been named by Novak Djokovic to be his coach, together we will do great things." Bang, or better Bum bum, since the quotation belongs to Boris Becker, the former wunderkind who, between the '80s and '90s, turned Wimbledon into his garden and tennis in a battlefield with his Sturm und Drang serve and volley.
A surprise wedding which confirms a trend, the revival of the '80s, launched a couple of years ago by Andy Murray with the hiring of Ivan Lendl. In recent days, in fact, Michael Chang and even Becker's rival Stefan Edberg got back in the circle: the former will follow the Japanese talent Kay Nishikori, the latter, after having spent ten days in Dubai training with Roger Federer, might accompany him on the tour next year "for a few weeks," as the Swiss confessed to his magic circle.
Mix everything with Jimmy Connors' failure (hired and fired after only one tournament this summer by Maria Sharapova) and a dose of hope from Sergi Bruguera, double French Open champion in the mid '90s, since a few days at Richard Gasquet's side, and you will get the vintage cocktail of a generation and a half of stars that, after facing each other on the courts, are now getting back to the challenge from the bench.