Morning Man Classic: Stefan Edberg!
Stefan Edberg is one of my all-time crushes. Top five, lifetime.
The gorgeous Swedish tennis star is currently coaching world number two Roger Federer who plays Novak Djokovic for the US Open title later today.
Stefan, now 49, was the number one tennis player in the world on and off in the early 1990s and has been inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame. In all, he won two US Opens, two Wimbledons and two Australian Opens.
He would have been one of the few players to complete a career grand slam had he been able to defeat Michael Chang in the 1989 French Open final. He lost in five close sets to the then 17 year old.
Edberg not only had then-rising stars like Chang, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras to contend with, but he also competed regularly on the tour against such all-time greats and former number ones as Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, and Mats Wilander.
Edberg played on four championship Davis Cup teams in his career, won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games when tennis was an exhibition sport, and also won three grand slam titles in doubles. He and McEnroe are the only two male players in the history of the tour to have been ranked number one in both singles and doubles in their career.
His serve and volley game was so exciting to watch and so were his incredible legs!
But most of all, Edberg was the consumate gentleman – so much so that the Association of Tennis Professionals tour sportsmanship award is named after him.
Total class act.