- Vale do Lobo Grand Champions
- 11.08.2009 - 14.08.2009
- Vale do Lobo Resort - Loulé Municipality
- Tournaments and exhibitions
from Diario de Noticias
by Madalena Esteves
Tennis. Former world number one in the Algarve
The Swedish Stefan Edberg, former world number one in singles and doubles, in the late '80s and early '90s of last century, will play this summer in the Vale do Lobo Grand Champions, the only Portuguese tournament in the ATP Champions Tour (circuit of veterans), which is organized by Premier Sports.
"From the moment Stefan Edberg debuted in the ATP Champions Tour last year winning the tournament in Paris, he became just one of my priorities," said Peter Frazão, president of Premier Sports and Director of Algarve tournament.
"Today, after Pete Sampras, he is the main figure of this circuit. I talked to Edberg during the tournament in London in December, I was impressed by how he keeps the same form and still displays one of the most elegant styles of play ever. I was very happy that he accepted my invitation to play for the first time in Portugal", added the tournament Director. Edberg won the Olympic gold medal in 1984, when tennis was a demonstration sport. He won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments - the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open - only to miss Roland Garros, where he was finalist in 1989.
He was present in seven finals of the Davis Cup, the most important team competition, having won four times, ending only a victory away from John McEnroe's record.
The Swedish player has two world records: he is the only tennis player to have completed the junior Grand Slam, winning the four biggest tournaments in the world in 1983. He is also the only player to have been awarded for five times with the sportsmanship award from the ATP (Association Tennis Professionals). Therefore, the distinction is now named after him: The Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award.
In 2008, Edberg debuted in the ATP Champions Tour - after refusing several invitations - in September, when he won the Paris tournament after successively defeating Thomas Muster, Guy Forget, Henri Leconte and, in the final, Sergi Bruguera.
Vale do Lobo Grand Champions takes place between 11th and 14th of August in the Algarve.
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