Thursday, 10 November 2016 12:09
Stefan Edberg was interviewed by Espndeportes.com and gave his view on the change at the top of the men's ranking, with Novak Djokovic being passed by Andy Murray at world number 1.
"It was a little surprising that Andy reached No. 1 by the end of the year, but he had a great season and was playing great tennis lately," he said on the Scot.
"However, Djokovic will not step aside. His reign as world number one was great and he had a great year as well. But it's normal to see new people challenging him for the first place," added Stefan.
Monday, 31 October 2016 15:11
Stefan Edberg, 50, still believes and hopes for Roger Federer to win yet another Grand Slam title. For Sport Expressen the tennis legend talks about his support to his former protégé, his faith in the future of Swedish tennis and his view of tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios. “It’s with mixed feelings that I see him,” said Edberg.
For twenty years six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg has given back to Swedish tennis through his foundation. Each year, he has praised the four more promising Swedish juniors - a guy and a girl of the 14-year-old class (SEK 25,000 each) and 16-year-old class (SEK 50,000 each), with a check from the Edberg Foundation.
The winners are determined by a point system based on results in the Swedish Junior Championships, SALK Open and Bastad Open.
“The idea is to give juniors the same opportunity I had in my time. It is very costly to go out and play. Sure you can write a check and say 'Here you are', but this feels more right and more long term. We can reach much greater targets,” said Edberg.
Sunday, 23 October 2016 13:17
from Dagens Nyheter
Stefan Edberg with Robin Soderling and the 2016 winners of the SE foundation schoolarship: Maria Petrovic, Ross Weibull and Cajsa Henneman
At the Stockholm Open the crowd cheers a 18-year-old Michael Ymer. But the reality for Swedish young tennis is anything but light. This year not one of the national teams managed to qualify for the European Championship games. “There is total darkness,” says the outgoing Davis Cup captain Fredrik "Fidde" Rosengren.
The place is the Royal Tennis hall's VIP section, and the scene will take the former world number one Stefan Edberg on the stage. Among the former Swedish star’s mingling crowd there are players and even those who never became anything, plus parents, coaches, sponsors and representatives from the Tennis Federation.
It’s the 20th anniversary of the Stefan Edberg Foundation and this evening he will hand out 25,000 crowns (€ 2,577) to two 14 year olds and 50,000 crowns (€ 5,155) to two 16 year olds. To assist him former world number four Robin Soderling and Sofia Arvidsson, with a number 29 best ranking. Both have themselves received money from Stefan Edberg's hand.
“I wanted to give something back. Tennis has given me so much,” explains Stefan Edberg on the background of his foundation. “Sure, you can always write a check and say ‘go ahead, do something.’ But I wanted to do something more long term. From 2017, the scholarship totals will also increase to 50,000 and 100,000 crowns (€ 10,310), respectively. It is very costly to travel and start playing tennis today. Above all, the cost starts to escalate in the 16 year old category and therefore we want to give something extra,” says Stefan Edberg.
Friday, 30 September 2016 17:07
by Mauro Cappiello
Less than a month after announcing a change in the event logo, the Australian Open uploaded a new profile image on the tournament social channels that replaced the traditional “serving man”, the brand image that had been representing the first Major of the year since 1995.
A new dark silhouette, reminding of Novak Djokovic just like the old one reminded of Stefan Edberg, holds the two initial letters A and O, on a light-blue background. What people on the social media immediately thought was that the Open had presented the new logo. And they didn’t like it…
Thursday, 29 September 2016 12:25
Stefan Edberg with Rafael Nadal at the 2013 edition of the Necker Cup
Stefan Edberg will take part in the 2016 Necker Cup, hosted like every year at Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island from November 14th to 19th.
After his 2013 appearance, Stefan will be for the second time at the charity event that pairs up 16 ATP/WTA players with amateurs of all levels. The Swede will offer his first public tennis display, aside from those with Roger Federer, since the 2014 King of Tennis in Stockholm.
This year’s big names will include former WTA world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki, Daniela Hantuchova, Viktor Troicki, last year’s US Open champion Flavia Pennetta and her husband Fabio Fognini.
Monday, 12 September 2016 17:42
by Mauro Cappiello
Last Saturday September 10th, Stefan Edberg was in Italy as a special guest of the Gala Night following the annual ceremony of the European School of Economics.
The event called "Alumni Graduation" celebrated the final degree of all ESE's international students and was held in the wonderful location of Palazzo Borghese in the historical city of Florence (that hosts one of the five European centres of the institute), at the presence of Mr. Elio D’Anna, president and founder of the European School of Economics, pictured with Stefan below.
During the dinner, Stefan received a special Sportsmanship award and delivered a short speech, of which the School reported a fragment in a post on their official Facebook account that you can read below.
Friday, 02 September 2016 16:24
from The Sydney Morning Herald
After more than two decades, the distinctive Australian Open logo has made its last centre court appearance, with the so-called "serving man" set to join 20-year veteran Lleyton Hewitt among the familiar figures in grand slam retirement next January at Melbourne Park.
The original silhouette was believed to have been modelled on former tour player and Australian Open deputy tournament director Peter Johnston, with a stylistic nod to two-time champion Stefan Edberg. Various versions of the existing logo, including a skinny late 90s edition and evolving colour schemes, have been synonymous with the event since 1995.
"It's a bit of a refresh," said Jo Juler, the AO's head of marketing. "Serving man was never made for the digital age, he was designed for print, and he doesn't translate very well.
Friday, 12 August 2016 15:06
Stefan Edberg with Seoul silver medallist Tim Mayotte and tied bronze medallist Brad Gilbert during the medal ceremony
Stefan Edberg shared his memories about his Olympic experience in a special publication issued by the ITF for Rio 2016, collecting words from all the tennis players who were awarded a medal since tennis officially became part of the Games in Seoul in 1988.
It does feel good to be an Olympic medallist. At the time, I was quite disappointed in 1988 with the bronze medals. I was really looking for the gold medal. I gave it a shot in 1992, clay court wasn’t my best surface at the time and I got knocked out there. It wasn’t the end of the world.
Looking back, it was very nice. I remember five or ten years ago, my kids were in school and they could bring some medals to the school because it was an Olympic year. I took the medals to the school to show them and they could have a look at them and see what the real thing is. I told them about when I was playing in the Olympics. You could come out and show the young people some real Olympic medals which probably a lot of school kids hadn’t seen. It was a nice thing to tell a story about being part of the Olympics. You are part of history in the Olympics. It was the local school where I live now in Vaxjo.
Thursday, 28 July 2016 16:19
by Mauro Cappiello
With a message to his fans on his Facebook page, two days ago Roger Federer put an early end to his season, announcing he won’t compete at the Rio Olympics and in any other event before 2017. The Swiss was suggested this long break by his doctors, in order to give his left knee a proper time to fully recover from the injury of last February.
The news has left the tennis world stunned. During their idol’s career, the Maestro’s fans have not been used to long injury stops, but this year, for the first time since 2000, Roger will end the season without a tournament win and with just six singles events played.
Even though the 7-time Wimbledon champion has stated several times that he still wants to be on the Tour for more years, what his supporters fear the most is that this could be an early sign that Federer’s time to call it a career is quickly approaching.
Thursday, 21 July 2016 18:02
As we look back on the day when everything started, Stefan Edberg was into his fifth season since his retirement from tennis and had almost disappeared from public life. You could hardly find a recent picture of him on the internet... His interviews and appearances were even more rare than today.
In spite of his discreet personality, or right for this reason, Stefan has always had an enormous amount of followers around the world, so the idea of a fan website came up to create a place where old fans could gather and share memories of him.
The Internet was a very different place from what it is now. To start a website meant spending a lot of hours fighting against codes, the interaction was a lot harder, no social network, no Youtube, lower speeds... Some websites had already been built, but they were just a simple collection of results and statistics, there was no real community of fans.