Björn Borg

(b. 1956) Swedish tennis player

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(1956– )

Swedish tennis player and the outstanding champion in men's tennis during the latter half of the 1970s.

Borg's emerging talent was first recognized when he won the junior Wimbledon championship of 1972. Coached by the former world-class Swedish player Lennart Bergelin, the left-handed Borg displayed a superbly crafted game marked by great fitness and athleticism, accurate and reliable groundstrokes, and an equable temperament. His first major titles were the Italian and French championships in 1974 and he went on to win five consecutive Wimbledon singles titles (1976–80). However, he was thwarted four times in the finals of the US Open, losing twice to Jimmy Connors and twice to John McEnroe.

In 1980, Borg married the Romanian tennis player Mariana Simionescu (the marriage was dissolved in 1984 and he remarried in 1989). The following year, although reducing his playing commitments, he captured his sixth title in the French Open championships. Obviously missing his top form in 1982, Borg became involved in a dispute with the tennis authorities over obligatory playing commitments and a poor season prompted him to quit tennis. His final appearance was in the 1983 tournament in his home town of Monte Carlo. He lost in the second round, surrounded by the world's press, who had gathered to witness the parting shots of the brilliant Swede. He subsequently devoted himself to his business interests; when these failed he returned to the professional tennis circuit in 1991 but failed to recapture his earlier form. Among his many other achievements, Borg won the WCT finals in 1976 and the Masters tournament in 1979 and 1980.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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