Mikael Ymer plans to request some off-season training with former world No. 1 Stefan Edberg before starting to play more ATP events next season.
The 21-year-old from Sweden, who is playing in Milan this week at the ATP NextGen, spoke to his compatriot, a six-time Grand Slam champion, while playing the ATP event in Stockholm as a wildcard a few weeks ago.
"He was next court when I played in Stockholm. We have talked about it before. We just never had the chance to make it happen," Ymer told press at Milan. "I said that I would love to come in the preseason if we both have the time. He said, you know, 'You're welcome any time.' I'm going to give him a call very soon."
Edberg has previously coached Roger Federer, but otherwise rarely been involved with the pro tour since his retirement," he said. "But he does help juniors in Sweden, and Ymer says there's a lot he can teach him."
"I think it would benefit very much, considering I'm also working on my offense, he said. "Also of course there is other things, but there is no one else to learn volleys as good as you can from Stefan."
"So I'm very, very looking forward to it."
Ymer is also a fan of the former No. 1 off the court.
"Of all the athletes that I met, Stefan, for me, is the cool, like, the best, the coolest. And, you know, the way he carries himself and how humble he is," he said. "I have seen him, he treats everyone the same and he's always been so, so nice to not only me but to my family.
"Of course he's one of my biggest idols."
Edberg is part of a long tradition of top players from Sweden, starting with Bjorn Borg, but there has recently been a drought. Ymer's recent back-to-back Challenger victories have got him to No. 74 in the ATP rankings, the first player from Sweden in the Top 100 since Robin Soderling.
Ymer also has an older brother, Elias, who has been as high as No. 105 in the rankings.
Having won four Challenger events, he's aiming to play more regularly on the ATP Tour next season.
"I think what's good to win this year is that I got to play a lot of matches," said Ymer. "I think I really showed this year that for the moment I can compete. So now I feel ready.
"I'm very excited to play a little bit more frequently in ATP events, but I don't expect too much in the beginning."
Ymer next plays Frances Tiafoe during the round-robin competition at Milan.