Stefan Edberg

Essay by Kristoffer LindgrenHigh School, 12th gradeA-, October 1997

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Stefan Edberg

The tennisplayer Stefan Edberg is nowadays a legend in his sport. I met him myself in France in 1987. I was 8 years old. He and the other members of the Swedish Daviscup team were playing the Daviscup against France. However, before the training I met them in the lobby of their hotel in Fréjus. My father knew the Swedish captain of the team so we could watch them training.After that Stefan has been one of my idols. I play tennis a lot myself. But now to the story about Stefan Edberg.

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His career started when the local paper in Västervik ( the town where he was born ) had an advertisement about mini-tennis in the early 70s.

It said "Day of tennis".Luckily his mother Barbro read the article and liked it.

The day after she sent her son to the tennis-school for beginners.

At that time she didn't know how important this initiative would be to Stefan, to Swedish tennis and even to the world tennis.

An incredible athletic career had seen the morning light.

Was convinced to continue

The seven year old Stefan struck his first hits at the tennis school in the sommer of 1973. To start with he played once a week. He liked his new sport but was close to quitting after the first term.

-My friend wanted to quit,and so did I. But my trainer convinced me to continue, Stefan says with a smile on his face.

The young Edberg soon became taken by the sport. Soon he played matches with the boys´team, and outside his home he played fantasy Davis Cup-matches.

In the sommer holidays he almost lived at the tennis court. At the age of ten he stopped playing his two other sports, football and...