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Tennis junior Grand Slam winners

stefan edbergThe history of tennis is littered with players who excelled in the junior ranks yet failed to make a mark subsequently in the professional game. There have been winners of both junior events at Wimbledon, for example, who have gone onto great things in their careers, but there is a longer list of those who fell well below reaching their potential or totally faded from the game.

One player who conquered all before him in the junior game, however and rose to the very heights of the pro game was . Following in the footsteps of his compatriot, (another youth prodigy), Edberg first came to notice in the early 1980s, neatly choreographed, it seems, to coincide with the demise and retirement of Borg. was already an established player on the scene and Edberg’s arrival was seen as another notch in the belt for Swedish tennis. Indeed, in the course of the 1980s, Edberg and a group of other Swedes helped boost further the status of Swedish tennis.

Much is known about Edberg, the professional who reached the world no. 1 position in singles and doubles and the multiple Grand Slam winner. Not a lot is known, however, about his stellar career as a junior.

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His greatest achievement as a junior was to have won all four Grand Slam junior singles titles in 1983 – a feat no one had achieved before or since. While not quite up there with the achievements of Budge and Laver in the men’s game, Edberg’s making a clean sweep of all four juniors is no mean achievement, given the tough competition. Someone with such a stellar resume was bound to be expected to achieve much in his career – and he didn’t disappoint.

Paul McElhinneyLet’s have a look at that outstanding year of 1983 for Edberg. In the first slam of the series, the Australian Open, Edberg beat the Australian, Simon Youl, 6-4, 6-4 in the final. At the French Open, Edberg’s opponent in the final was Frenchman, Frank Fevrier whom he beat 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. At Wimbledon, Edberg beat the Australian, John Frawley 6-4, 7-6 and at Flushing Meadows, his opponent in the final was again Simon Youl whom he beat 6-2, 6-4. With the exception of John Frawley who had a reasonable early career, Edberg’s other opponents were not exactly household names, neither of whom really figured after their junior achievements.

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