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"I love this somewhat dry grass, with a higher bounce than at Wimbledon. It makes my serve more effective, and leaves me a little more time to play my shots" - Stefan Edberg about the Kooyong grasscourt, just after his second title at the Australian Open in 1987. Read the article
In Todi for the local ATP challenger of 2008, Italian Tv commentator and columnist Rino Tommasi and tennis manager Cino Marchese tell the crowd the famous story that links the journalist to Stefan Edberg. In 1983, Rino was watching Stefan play and lose 8-6 in the fifth set against Henrik Sundstrom in Wimbledon second round. After that match, the popular journalist stated: «If Edberg doesn't win the Championships in five years, I will no longer write about tennis». In 1988, exactly five years after Rino's prediction, Stefan Edberg won the first of his two titles in Church Road. In the press conference he spoke to Tommasi and said: «I saved your job, but thanks for the confidence!». Video by Matteo Berlenga.