Stefan Edberg

Stefan Edberg
Stefan Edberg 2012-04-25 001.jpg
Full nameStefan Bengt Edberg
Country (sports) Sweden
ResidenceLondon, England, UK
Born (1966-01-19) 19 January 1966 (age 52)
Västervik, Sweden
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1983 (amateur tour from 1982)
Retired1996
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 20,630,941
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Singles
Career record801–270 (74.79%)
Career titles41
Highest rankingNo. 1 (13 August 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1985, 1987)
French OpenF (1989)
WimbledonW (1988, 1990)
US OpenW (1991, 1992)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1989)
Grand Slam CupSF (1993)
WCT FinalsF (1988)
Olympic GamesSF (1988)
Doubles
Career record283–153
Career titles18
Highest rankingNo. 1 (9 June 1986)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1987, 1996)
French OpenF (1986)
WimbledonSF (1987)
US OpenW (1987)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1985, 1986)
Olympic GamesSF (1988)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1984, 1985, 1987, 1994)
Coaching career (2014–)
Coaching achievements
Coachee Singles Titles total10
List of notable tournaments
(with champion)

Stefan Bengt Edberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈsteːfan ²eːdbærj]; born 19 January 1966) is a Swedish former world No. 1 professional tennis player (in both singles and doubles). A major proponent of the serve-and-volley style of tennis, he won six Grand Slam singles titles and three Grand Slam men's doubles titles between 1985 and 1996. He also won the Masters Grand Prix and was a part of the Swedish Davis Cup-winning-team four times. In addition he won four Masters Series titles, four Championship Series titles and the unofficial Olympic tournament 1984, was ranked in the singles top 10 for ten successive years, 9 years in the top 5, and is considered one of the greatest players of his era.[1] Edberg began coaching Roger Federer in January 2014, with this partnership ending in December 2015.[2]

Career

Edberg first came to the tennis world's attention as a junior player. He won all four Grand Slam junior titles in 1983 to become the first (and only) player to achieve the "Junior Grand Slam" in the open era. Later that year as a professional, Edberg won his first career doubles title in Basel. Edberg accidentally caused the death of linesman Dick Wertheim with an errant serve during the 1983 US Open.

In 1984, Edberg won his first top-level singles title in Milan. Edberg also won the tennis tournament at the 1984 Summer Olympics when the sport was an exhibition event and partnered with fellow Swede Anders Järryd to reach the final of the US Open. Edberg also reached the French Open doubles final with Järryd in 1986 and consequently was World No. 1 in doubles in that year.

U.S. fans first took notice of Edberg's professional career when he won the U.S. Indoor in Memphis in February 1985, defeating Yannick Noah in the final. Edberg's first two Grand Slam singles titles came at the Australian Open. In December 1985, he defeated Mats Wilander in straight sets to claim his first major title. In January 1987, he defended his title by defeating local favourite Pat Cash in five sets to win the last Australian Open held on grass courts. Edberg also won the Australian Open and US Open men's doubles titles in 1987 (partnering fellow Swede Anders Järryd).

In 1988, Edberg reached the first of three consecutive finals at Wimbledon, but lost his ranking as Sweden's number one player when Mats Wilander had his best year by winning the Australian, French and US Opens in 1988, becoming the world's number one ranked player. In all three of his consecutive Wimbledon finals, he played German Boris Becker in what became one of Wimbledon's greatest rivalries. Edberg won their first encounter in a four-set match spread over two days because of rain delays. A year later, Becker won in straight sets. The closest of their matches came in the 1990 final, when Edberg won in five sets after being down a break in the fifth set.

Edberg reached the French Open final in 1989 but lost in five sets to 17-year-old Michael Chang, who became the youngest ever male winner of a Grand Slam singles title. This was the only Grand Slam singles title that Edberg never won, denying him the completion of a career Grand Slam at the senior level, to match his junior Grand Slam.

In 1990, an abdominal muscle injury forced Edberg to retire from the Australian Open final while trailing Ivan Lendl 5–2 (including two breaks of serve) in the third set. Edberg nevertheless took the World No. 1 ranking from Lendl on 13 August 1990 by winning the Super 9 tournament in Cincinnati. He held it for the rest of that year and for much of 1991 and 1992. Edberg spent a total of 72 weeks as World No. 1. In 1991 Edberg again reached the Semi Finals of Wimbledon but lost to Michael Stich in a close match: 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 7–6.[3]

Edberg's final two Grand Slam singles triumphs came at the US Open, with wins over Jim Courier in the 1991 final and Pete Sampras in the 1992 final, who was just months away from being ranked No. 1 in the world.

Edberg reached the Finals of Australian Open again in 1992 and 1993, losing both times to Jim Courier in 4 sets. He was one of the few players who reached the finals for Australian Open 5 times. The 1993 Australian Open final was Edberg's last Grand Slam singles final appearance.

In 1996, Edberg reached the finals of Queens club but lost the match to Boris Becker. He won his third and final Grand Slam doubles title at Australian Open with Petr Korda. He reached quarterfinals of his last US Open after defeating Richard Krajicek and Tim Henman, but lost the quarterfinals to Goran Ivanisevic.

Edberg was most comfortable playing tennis on fast-playing surfaces. Of his six Grand Slam singles titles, four were won on grass courts at the Australian Open (1985 and 1987) and Wimbledon (1988 and 1990) and two were won on hardcourts at the US Open (1991 and 1992).

In December 2013, Edberg began coaching Roger Federer.[4]

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