Sunday, 01 September 2002 08:46
News was spread by Yahoo! - Sports in the latest days that Boris Becker is the only male tennis player considered for 2003 Tennis Hall of Fame enshrinement. This would mean no nominee for Stefan Edberg, even though he retired earlier from professional tennis than did Becker.
As I wrote, Edberg retired earlier from the Tour and, being at least as much of a champion as Becker, we would expect that his entry would be considered earlier than Becker's.
Five years of retirement from professional tennis are required for a former player to be acknowledged this prestigious award. Stefan Edberg retired nearly six years ago, while Boris Becker was still playing and winning matches until 1998, which means he has significantly been on the stage until less than four years ago.
In my opinion, Tennis Fame enshrinement is such a prestigious acknowledgement that it has to be referred, besides than to players' achievements, also to their being an example in and off the court, to their behavior and sportsmanship. In this aspect, Stefan Edberg definitely outclassed Boris Becker.
Wednesday, 17 July 2002 08:34
This time was for real. After the disappointment of last April, when an exhibition scheduled in Stockholm was cancelled for organization problems, the fans could finally enjoy one of the rare appearances of Stefan Edberg in the United States.
Thursday, 11 July 2002 08:22
Växjo. Where does he get his kicks nowadays? He, who won six grand slam titles and played the leading part in some of the worst nail biters of Sweden's sport history. Stefan Edberg looks surprised. "Kicks...?" After a while of reflection: "I'm quite satisfied with life when it's quiet, so to speak".
Monday, 04 March 2002 12:08
Fans and tennis admirers all over the world were screaming of joy about a month ago when, on February 9th, it was announced that Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker were to play an exhibition in Stockholm in April 16th.
Saturday, 27 October 2001 13:08
from Göteborgs Posten
Thursday, 25 October 2001 13:08
SYDNEY. World No. 1 aspirant Lleyton Hewitt yesterday defended himself after his late withdrawal from the Stockholm Open angered organizers, including tennis great Stefan Edberg.
Saturday, 01 July 2000 18:26
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
These two have fought, but never denigrated. Not a word higher than the others, no adverse feeling confessed, respect above all, at the point that it was uncommon with them that a handshake was not accompanied by a warm embrace. Yes, nothing more than a simple rivalry opposed Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg and it was never better exposed than on the Wimbledon Centre Court where the two men fought for three consecutive years in the final from 1988 to 1990.
Strangely, no other Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the US Open, will put them against each other. At the end of the three finals played at the All England Club, Edberg was the one who came out on top with two wins against one from Becker.
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 01:00
from Intrum Iustitia - Fair Pay magazine
On the tennis court he rarely gives away a point unnecessarily. Tennis champ Stefan Edberg is aiming to be as tough in his new career. As a businessman he has learnt the importance of getting paid on time. “I am probably a little too kind, which is a problem,” he says.
Almost eleven years have passed since his last volley as tennis pro. The former Wimbledon winner was not attracted by the idea of becoming a trainer or joining the veteran tour, although Stefan Edberg has always retained close contact with the sport. He is involved in the ATP tour’s If Stockholm Open, where Intrum Justitia is one of the main sponsors.
He also sees a further link to tennis in his investment firm’s results-based activities: “If you do a great job you get paid well, if you do a bad job you don’t get paid well. I think that is a good basic philosophy.”
But the most basic demand is to just get paid, he says. Over the years he has amassed substantial experience in this area. “In tennis everything functioned pretty well, even if there was occasional problems. But I was pretty spoilt because I had agents who took care of everything. After a tennis career it is almost as if you grow up when you start having to suddenly lead a normal life. You have to take responsibility for things yourself and sometimes tackle these types of problems.”
This became most concrete for Edberg in his other role – as a landlord in his hometown of Växjö in central Sweden. Cash flow is vital, especially during certain periods when major payments have to be made. “Most of the time it works really well, but sometimes people forget to pay the rent. My philosophy is to deal with the problem immediately.”
Saturday, 13 March 1999 12:08
Signore del tennis
from La Gazzetta dello Sport Magazine
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