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Edberg and Henman to play at Royal Albert Hall in December

STE...fans
10-27-2007, 01:09 PM
Former world no. 1 Stefan Edberg will make a competitive return to the tennis court, albeit for one night, when he offers opposition to Tim Henman in a charity match during the BlackRock Masters at Londonís Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, December 4.

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Kolya
10-27-2007, 01:55 PM
Former world no. 1 Stefan Edberg will make a competitive return to the tennis court, albeit for one night, when he offers opposition to Tim Henman in a charity match during the BlackRock Masters at Londonís Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, December 4.

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Thats awesome, should be a great serve and volley match.

mineralwater
10-29-2007, 05:38 PM
I really hope they televise this. I loved Edberg when he was around. I imagine this will be a match of great beauty - how tennis should be played IMO. Good on them to do it for charity

Eden
12-02-2007, 10:51 AM
Stefan Edberg returns to play Tim Henman
By Andrew Baker
Last Updated: 27/11/2007

Whenever tennis fans gather to reminisce, it is rarely difficult to put an answer to the "Whatever happened to..." questions. Tennis stars, and in particular multiple grand slam winners, tend to move on to high-profile second careers involving frequent television work and veterans' tour appearances. But Stefan Edberg, blond Adonis, Swedish icon and six-time grand slam victor, is, these days, practically invisible, an international man of mystery.

That will change next Tuesday, when Edberg will emerge from self-imposed obscurity somewhere in Scandinavia to play Tim Henman in a charity match at the BlackRock Masters Tennis event at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

"It should be a lot of fun to play Tim," Edberg told The Daily Telegraph. "We play in the same way, with the serve and volley." But Edberg retired 11 years ago, and Henman a little more than 11 weeks ago. Isn't he going to be a little rusty? "Yes, you're right. Actually I've just got back from playing a match in Copenhagen, and that was the first really competitive match I have played in five years. So I am really feeling the effects all over my body."
Edberg, who is 41, has declined countless offers to join the veterans' circuit. But he has not allowed his tall, powerful frame to run to seed. "I keep in reasonable shape," he claimed. "Or at least I keep in some kind of shape."
He says he "keeps in touch" with tennis, but he is not coaching and he has no official role with the Swedish federation. So what exactly is he doing to stay busy?
"A lot of people don't really know what I get up to these days, and that suits me just fine," he said, with a hint of a snigger.

"I've always been a little bit private. Let's just say that I'm keeping pretty busy. I have an investment company, and I have some interests in property. Let's just say that."
Edberg is looking forward to coming back to London, where he was once a familiar sight on the streets around Knightsbridge.
"I lived in Queen's Gate for a while, just around the corner from the Albert Hall, so it will be good for me to see all the old places," he said. "I always had a really good relationship with British fans, they always made me feel welcome, and I'm sure they still will."
Any tennis purist will relish a contest between two such stylish players, eminent exponents of the now almost vanished serve and volley game. "Now that Tim has retired from the Tour, I don't think there is anyone left who plays the way that I used to," Edberg said. "The game has changed, there is no doubt about that. Maybe these things just go in cycles."
It is more likely that tennis balls and courts have changed, so that everything happens slightly more slowly, and even at Wimbledon a master of the clay-court game, such as Rafael Nadal, can expect to perform with credit. Many fans will be delighted the days of wham-bam tennis are over, but others will miss the variety of tactics the serve-and-volleyers offered.
In any case, Edberg was more than just a two-shot speed merchant. As well as his two Wimbledon titles (1988 and 1990), he twice won the Australian Open and twice won the US Open. He also reached the final at Roland Garros in 1989, but the 'Slam of Slams' just slipped through his grasp.
These days, Edberg is usually an interested observer of tennis from afar, and he is perplexed by the seeming unwillingness of the very best players to mix their games up a little more.
"It surprises me that Roger Federer doesn't serve and volley more," he said. "He certainly can do it if he wants to. The problem for a lot of the other players is that it is not the kind of technique you can pick up straight away. It takes a lot of time to develop. And I guess these days the guys return serve a whole lot better than they used to, so that probably doesn't help."
There are a couple of clouds on Edberg's sporting horizon. He is concerned about the image of his former sport with the recent allegations that players have been betting on matches. And he is concerned about the plight of his former favourite football team, Leeds United, the team he used to watch when English football was screened on Swedish television when Edberg was growing up. "Luckily," he said, "I also support Chelsea."
On the whole, though, he is content with his lot. "When you stop playing, you learn to enjoy life in a different way, to enjoy different things in life. Of course, it was great to be a tennis player, but it was quite tough at the top. There is a lot of pressure and it is not all fun." He sighed. "There is a lot of attention." A very private star, Stefan Edberg.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2007/11/28/stbake128.xml

mineralwater
12-04-2007, 02:36 PM
Thanks for that Eden. Would be great if Edberg would play in The Blackrock Tour but he says no. He would be crowd puller. Looks like the Albert Hall tourney needs some more crowd pullers after Borg and Ivanisevic pulled out

reece
12-04-2007, 08:07 PM
Who won?

Kolya
12-05-2007, 01:06 AM
Henman won 8-4 in the pro set (3rd set).

Eden
12-05-2007, 05:42 PM
Serve and Volley Nostalgia
by Peter Bodo

Morning. I'm finishing off this piece about Tuesday's happenings before departing for Wednesday's programme at the Royal Albert Hall. The BlackRock Masters has a day session and an evening session, each with three matches. The evening sessions sometimes finish pretty late, so the daily reports and any photo uploads will be finished up each day in between the late evening and the morning after. Here is the link http://homepage.mac.com/rosangel/BlackRock_4_Dec_07/
to some of the pictures that I took yesterday.
I may not take so many on other days - the only issue with taking so many snaps is that it makes it hard to follow a match at the same time. A photographer wanting to capture some typical tennis shots has no real choice but to train the lens on a target, and then to track said target player until a decisive moment arrives, at which point, the shutter is fired - often in a short burst. What the other player may be doing at that moment is pure guesswork - you won't see it unless, say, both are at the net.
After the week is over, I'll find some time to sort through and process my pictures in greater detail, and revise and improve my web uploads accordingly - for now, due to lack of time, and in order not to lose the moment, I've just worked with the secondary set of unprocessed pictures straight out of the camera.
Some of these pictures may look a little grainy, because taking pictures indoors, with the low light levels, is challenging. Professional tennis photographers try to nail a shot with the ball in the frame, and an interesting pose or expression on the player's face. Not all of my pictures have the ball right there, but what the hail - from last night's discussion, some TW posters are more interested in seeing a picture of Stefan Edberg than of the ball he's hitting, right?
We can look at a fuzzy yellow ball any day of the week, and it never changes much (actually, this week's balls are Dunlop Fort Balls, for the ball-buffs mong you). As my pictures are for TW, I selected them strictly for what they show of the players and their movement - the ball is a bonus. Plus, there's one sequence in there of Tim Henman's shot preparation before hitting a backhand.
The main event of my day was the charity exhibition match between Britain's recently-retired Tim Henman, and the very popular former Wimbledon Champion (that's what matters most when in London, naturally), Stefan Edberg. As you would expect with these two, there was plenty of serve-and-volleying, which is interesting to watch on a fast indoor court. Tim won the match (in fact, a lengthened exhibition set), but not before we had seen plenty from both players (plus, one full-length tumble from Edberg, after which he mimicked hobbling back to his chair).
The match was all played in extremely good spirit, as should be obvious from some of the pictures. Earlier in the day, between the day and evening sessions, I happened to be in the press box when the two were trying out the court. I had been carefully packing up my camera gear. Of course, it all came out again - some of the shots are included in my web gallery. Soon enough, some "real" photographers appeared.
I was able to sit right on the court alongside the photo pros for the match (this magic press badge is a real treat to have and use). I was also on the court for the earlier evening match between Pat Cash and Cedric Pioline. Sitting down there is tough on the back, because you are constantly looking up, but the extra hour was well spent. The photographic challenge is different from courtside - for example, you have to worry that you might need to quickly focus in closely. Pioline beat Cash decisively - pehaps more so than some of the crowd would have liked, from their shouts of "Come on, Pat!" Cash and his chequered headband still have plenty of fans in London.
After the Henman-Edberg match was over, there was an auction held on court for Tim's Kids at Heart charity (prizes included the chance to play golf or tennis with Tim). BBC sports presenter John Inverdale did the main honours as auctioneer, ably assisted by Kim Sears. As some of you may know, she's the daughter of the LTA's Nigel Sears, but more interestingly, she's Andy Murray's girlfriend (There are some pictures of her towards the end in the gallery) She's the pretty, smiling young woman with long hair, with Tim Henman and his daughters in the background.
You may remember that Rosie Henman made a memorable appearance after Tim's last match during Davis Cup recently. She was around yesterday, too, along with her sister Olivia, clearly as a nod toward the focus of Tim's charity. There are several pictures of the two girls in my gallery. Rosie in particular seemed unable to keep still - it was amusing to watch and an unexpected, but delightful few moments to photograph.
After the auction, I found myself stuck in traffic heading for the only exit route, which was not so painful because I happened to be standing right behind Stefan Edberg. He was patiently signing autographs for a throng of fans. I had a camera at hand, but it was still outfitted with a monster long lens, and the back of the neck is not an appealing angle, even when the subject is as handsome as Edberg.
Michael Stich and Paul Haarhuis were in a bigger bind; they had to push their way through the crowd in order to get on court for their match. I simply couldn't get out, loaded down as I was with equipment - what was I going to do, ask Edberg to step aside? Oh, the hazards of playing at being a photographer.
Henman and Edberg had earlier in the day given a press conference, during which .Edberg talked a little about his business interests (he and some friends have set up and investment firm in Sweden), and his decision to move his family back to Sweden from London after 2000. He did it because it's "quieter" form them there. I found one remark he made about the modern game interesting. In reference to Tim's career in general, and at Wimbledon, he was asked "Do you think that you would have been adversely affected by the general slow-down within the game....?" He replied:
I probably would think so, yes. Because from what I hear and from what I see they really have slowed down the speed of the grass. But really what has been affected is the ball, I think. They really have slowed down the balls. They're heavier and they fluff up quite a bit and that's definitely a disadvantage if you want to be a serve and volley player. When I played I wanted quick balls, the quicker the better because I could flick my wrist and spin the ball and it's so much easier. It would have been harder to serve and volley today, plus of course the guys today return serve better than they used to in the past I think. That is quite a big improvement from when I finished.
Tim Henman, meanwhile, indicated that he has not decided what to do next. But one thing that he won't be doing anytime soon is coaching on the ATP Tour - he was asked about Andy Murray's situation (well, this is London, after all) and whether helping Murray would appeal to him. He replied:
Not really, no. If you're going to do something like that then there's a lot of travel involved and obviously that's such a big aspect and it's something I'm enjoying not doing any more.
Whoever was speculating the other day in TW about Henman-as-possible-coach-for-TMF (the eternal quest of some fans), needs to think again.I may pick out some other quotes from this press conference later, or post them in the comments, but for now, I'll sign off - until tomorrow.

Source: http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2007/12/the-battle-of-t.html