In , Borg won the French Open with a win over Vilas in the final.
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Manage Profile Continue to SI. Manage Profile Log Out close. Basic Info First Name. Current Password Enter your current password. New Password Must be at least 6 characters and contain a number and an uppercase and lowercase letter. He led 3—2 in the fifth set of the final, before losing. That match followed Borg's classic encounter with McEnroe at the Wimbledon. In , and , Borg was halfway to a Grand Slam after victories at the French and Wimbledon the Australian Open being the last Grand Slam tournament of each year at the time only to falter at Flushing Meadow, lefty Tanner his conqueror in Nevertheless, Borg's announcement in January that he was retiring from the game at the age of 26 was a shock to the tennis world.
McEnroe tried unsuccessfully to persuade Borg to continue. He did, however, play Monte Carlo again in March , reaching the second round, and Stuttgart in July Upon retirement, Borg had three residences, a penthouse in Monte Carlo, not far from his pro shop , a mansion on Long Island, New York and a small island off the Swedish coast.
Borg later bounced back as the owner of the Björn Borg fashion label. In Sweden his label has become very successful, second only to Calvin Klein. From —, Borg attempted a comeback on the men's professional tennis tour, coached by a Welsh karate expert named Ron Thatcher aka Tai Honsai.
Before his return, Borg grew his hair out as it had been during his previous professional tennis career and he returned to using a wooden racket; he had kept his hair cut and used modern graphite rackets in exhibitions he played during the late s. Borg, however, failed to win a single match. He faced Jordi Arrese in his first match back, again at Monte Carlo but without practising or playing any exhibition matches, and fell in two sets.
In his first nine matches, played in and , Borg failed to win a single set. He fared slightly better in , taking a set off his opponent in each of the three matches he played. He came closest to getting a win in what turned out to be his final tour match, falling to Alexander Volkov.
Borg later joined the Champions tour, returning to shorter hair and using modern rackets. He fathered a child by the Swedish model Jannike Björling, and he was married to the Italian singer Loredana Bertè from to Together they have a son, Leo, born in , who is currently the highest ranked year-old tennis player in Sweden. He narrowly avoided personal bankruptcy when business ventures failed. In March , Bonhams Auction House in London announced that it would auction Borg's Wimbledon trophies and two of his winning rackets on 21 June Have you gone mad?
The French Open—Wimbledon double he achieved three times consecutively was called by Wimbledon officials "the most difficult double in tennis"  and "a feat considered impossible among today's players. In his autobiography, Jack Kramer , the long-time tennis promoter and great player himself, had already included Borg in his list of the 21 greatest players of all time.
And in , Bud Collins chose Borg as one of his top-five male players of all time. Borg was the only player mentioned in four categories: Borg famously never won the US Open , losing in the final four times. Borg also never won the Australian Open, as he only played in the event once, in as a year-old. Even though it was then played on grass, a surface where he enjoyed much success, Borg chose to play the Australian Open only once, in , where he lost in the third round.
Phil Dent , a contemporary of Borg, has pointed out that skipping Grand Slam tournaments—especially the Australian Open—was not unusual then, before counting Grand Slam titles became the norm. I think he could have won the Grand Slam, but by the time he left, the historical challenge didn't mean anything. He was bigger than the game. He was like Elvis or Liz Taylor or somebody.
Borg had one of the most distinctive playing styles in the Open Era. His highly unorthodox backhand involved taking his racket back with both hands but actually generating his power with his dominant right hand, letting go of the grip with his left hand around point of contact, and following through with his swing as a one-hander.
Borg was one of the first top players to use heavy topspin on his shots consistently. Complementing his consistent ground-strokes was his fitness. Both of these factors allowed Borg to be dominant at the French Open.
One of the factors that made Borg unique was his dominance on the grass courts of Wimbledon, where baseliners since World War II did not usually succeed. Some experts attributed his dominance on this surface to his consistency, an underrated serve, equally underrated volleys, and his adaptation to grass courts. Against the best players, he almost always served-and-volleyed on his first serves but he naturally played from the baseline after his second serves.
Another trait usually associated with Borg is his grace under pressure. His calm court demeanor earned him the nickname of the "Ice Man" or "Ice-Borg. Borg's physical conditioning was legendary and unrivalled. He could outlast most of his opponents under the most grueling conditions. Contrary to popular belief, however, this wasn't due to his exceptionally low resting heart rate, often reported to be near 35 beats per minute.
In his introduction to Borg's autobiography My Life and Game , Eugene Scott relates that this rumor arose from a medical exam the year-old Borg once took for military service, where his pulse was recorded as Scott goes on to reveal Borg's true pulse rate as "about 50 when he wakes up and around 60 in the afternoon. Europe won the contest 15 points to 9, with Roger Federer achieving a narrow vital victory over Nick Kyrgios in the last match played. Borg returned as the coach of Team Europe for the second edition in Chicago , Illinois from September , McEnroe also returned as the coach for Team World.
Borg again lead Europe to victory as Alexander Zverev defeated Kevin Anderson to secure the title , after trailing Anderson in the match tiebreak until the last few points. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Björn Borg disambiguation.
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Open Era tennis records — men's singles. In this table, however, the year of the tournament is listed for the preceding year. These champions were competing on the tour at the same time, after Borg had defeated all 6 of them in Major finals, and not retired. Archived from the original on 18 September Retrieved 10 June Retrieved 2 July World of Tennis ' The Virgin Islands Daily News.
The New York Times. Dick Stockton vs Bjorn Borg". Retrieved 21 June It was madness ' ". Retrieved 7 July Retrieved 20 April Dagens Nyheter in Swedish. Archived from the original on 30 September Archived from the original on 4 March Retrieved 18 May Archived from the original on 11 February Retrieved 4 February Retrieved 20 January My life is perfect".
Retrieved 13 May Retrieved 19 October Retrieved 18 July Retrieved 17 November Retrieved 27 April Archived from the original on 10 May Retrieved 1 February Archived from the original on 1 June Retrieved 20 June Borg has his own impressive list of Wimbledon achievements — five consecutive titles a record shared with Federer from to followed up by a loss in the final, 41 consecutive matches won a record he holds himself and a mind-boggling career record of 51—4 for a winning percentage of.
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