Sunday, 03 January 2016 18:08
by Mauro Cappiello
picture © Andrea Nay
A little bit later than usual, here’s our Happy New Year post, as we start our first season after the end of the partnership between Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer.
We had taken a short break from the website, like we had done several times last year, in the periods when our famous duo was away from the spotlight. These two years of Team Fedberg have been a fantastic moment of growth for our project, but also a very demanding experience for us, who were used to running a website connected to current news to a much smaller extent. Edberg was tired of traveling, we were overwhelmed by fresh information, as we were trained to look back to the past, rather than to follow the present.
We have done our best to keep you up-to-date with anything done by Edberg and Federer together and with anything said on them on the web. We have gone deep into the news, creating specials, videos, photo stories and the outcome of this effort is now an almost day-by-day diary of these two years, collecting more than 200 posts that are meant to become even more.
Saturday, 26 December 2015 14:19
The owners of the Facebook page Happy Slam Tennis decided to wish their followers a very special Merry Christmas this year.
They created this video in which the elf versions of Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Andre Agassi and Pat Rafter play and sing "Rocking around the Christmas Tree".
In the clip, Stefan plays the contrabass along with Pete Sampras and closes the song with a vocal solo that will make you cry with laughter.
Who wouldn't love such a rock band to play for real?
Enjoy your Christmas holiday!
Sunday, 20 December 2015 14:43
Now that the partnership between Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer has come to an end, it’s time to look back at the best moments of them together.
Over these two years on the Tour, they left us a lot of memories to treasure.
So, consider it our Christmas present, we will propose a poll in which you will be able to choose your favourite Fedberg moment.
Following the pagination below, you will find 5 commented options in chronological order, that we accurately selected browsing the Fedberg section of our news on STE…fans and considering the posts that you have more appreciated in terms of hits and likes on our social networks.
Once you have reached the last page, you can vote and comment your favourite one!
Friday, 18 December 2015 16:25
from BBC Sports
In a conversation with BBC Sports, Roger Federer specified how his relationship with former coach Stefan Edberg will evolve in the future. «The working relationship I had with Stefan was incredible, I loved every moment of it, - said the Swiss - but the feeling I get is he is still in the team: he still wants me to do well, he will still come and visit me on the Tour, he'll still follow my matches and he'll still give me feedback if I want, which I think is wonderful.»
Roger confirmed that the agreement with the Edberg ended for the Swede's family reasons, making clear that also his previous coaches like Annacone and Roche had a family and «it's important for them to understand that aspect as well.»
Thursday, 17 December 2015 16:38
Former Wimbledon referee and supervisor Alan Mills officially retired from tennis this month, with a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall during the London stage of the ATP Champions Tour.
On that occasion, he was a special guest of The Tennis Podcast for their final release of 2015.
Presenter David Law asked him to single out a player that impressed him the most throughout his long journey in the world of tennis. Mr Mills chose Rod Laver as a player to watch and Stefan Edberg and Pat Rafter for their attitude.
In particular, he wanted to recall an episode concerning Stefan, happened 25 years ago in Miami, that once again reminds us all of how great a sportsman the Swede is.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:27
Former Andre Agassi's coach and current Espn analyst Brad Gilbert gave his view on the Federer-Edberg split from the point of view of the Swiss.
The American thinks that the choice of Ivan Ljubicic can be framed into Roger's target of beating Novak Djokovic in the big matches, something that he has failed doing in the Stefan Edberg era.
«Ths just shows how Federer, beyond having an amazing year at 34, is still trying to do better. He is not satisfied with being number three in the world and winning 11 titles. He didn't win a Major, I think he still thinks that he can," said Gilbert in a phone conversation with Adrianne Lawrence during the Espn sports news.
The Croat should help the 17-time Major winner with new and fresh ideas. «Ljubicic is a little younger than Stefan, lives in Monte Carlo and is a little closer to today's players. Roger must think he can bring something to the table, strategy-wise, to beat Novak».
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:16
from The Challenge (Arnesen-Tennis)
Stefan Edberg has put his career as a coach on the shelf, and most likely it's forever.
"I'm 99.9 percent certain about that", says Edberg to Challenge.
Last week came the news that Edberg and Roger Federer broke their cooperation after two successful seasons together. Edberg has extended Federer's time at the very top of the world.
"It has been an amazing time and I had a very honorable task," says Stefan, who thought to become a coach on the ATP tour when Federer approached him in December 2013.
At least some of the top players will change coaches during the next season. If any of them want Stefan Edberg in their team they will therefore be disappointed.
Saturday, 12 December 2015 18:53
by Steve Tignor
Stefan Edberg with Roger Federer and Ivan Ljubicic last year at Wimbledon
Out with Fedberg, in with... Ljuberer?
According to Roger Federer, that’s where he’s heading in 2016. The 17-time Slam winner announced this week that his coach of the last two years, Stefan Edberg, has been replaced by Ivan Ljubicic.
Does this move come as a surprise? Does it feel like a step down? At first, the answers to both questions would seem to be "yes".
Edberg and Federer made a strong and seemingly natural team; their polished styles and demeanors appeared to dovetail perfectly. While they never won the big one—i.e., a major—the Swiss stabilized and sharpened his game with the Swede in his corner. It’s hard to remember now, but when Edberg was added to the team at the end of 2013, a 32-year-old Federer was coming off the most disappointing season of his career. His ranking had dropped from No. 2 to No. 6, and the inevitable signs of late-career decline—injuries, equipment changes, shock losses, early-round exits—seemed to have set in for good.
Friday, 11 December 2015 17:14
Roger Federer asked Stefan Edberg to remain his coach for another year, but Stefan refused to extend the contract to come back to his business and family commitments.
This behind-the-scene was revealed in a tweet by New York Times tennis columnist Christopher Clarey, who left his source unsaid.
What seems to be certain, instead, is that the end of the relationship was something the two had been aware of since months ago.
This detail was confirmed by Roger's head coach Severin Lüthi in an article he wrote for Swiss website Blick.ch: «The fact that the time with Stefan would come to an end was evident. He just didn't like to travel too much and already remained one year longer than planned.»
In 2015 Stefan only followed Roger for 10 weeks in total, compared to the 15 of the year before, skipping the longest trips to North America where he went only for the US Open and not for Indian Wells and Cincinnati.
Friday, 11 December 2015 10:44
Stefan Edberg with Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov last year in Cincinnati
With the former coach of Roger Federer now available, there are a handful of players who could use the veteran guidance that Edberg brings to the table.
Roger Federer wasted no time in announcing who would replace Stefan Edberg as his new coach. However, there has been no word yet about whether or not Edberg will look for a new player to coach. Whether or not Edberg intends on continuing to coach, there are plenty of players on the ATP World Tour who could use his guidance. Here is a list of players who should consider hiring Stefan Edberg.
The controversial Australian is currently without a coach and desperately needs one. Edberg would be a near-perfect fit for the feisty 20-year old. Stylistically, Edberg would be perfect because not only did he play a very similar style to Kyrgios, he just spent two years working with Roger Federer who played a near-identical style. Edberg helped Federer shape that new, aggressive, net-charging style that has brought about his renaissance. Kyrgios is already a big-hitting player who loves to charge the net. Edberg would go into that partnership familiar with the style and would be able to help him perfect that style. Edberg has already done that twice, for himself as a player and with Federer as a coach. He likely would be able to do it a third time with Kyrgios.