19 Definitive Secrets About Bjorn Borg

1. Björn Rune Borg is a former world No. 1 tennis player from Sweden widely considered to be one of the greatest in tennis history. Between 1974 and 1981 he became the first male professional to win 11 Grand Slam singles titles: six at the French Open and five consecutive at Wimbledon.

2. He also won three year-end championships and 15 Grand Prix Super Series titles.

3. Borg set numerous Open Era records that still stand, including winning 41% of the Grand Slam singles tournaments he entered and 90% of those matches, winning both the French Open and Wimbledon for three consecutive years, and winning three Grand Slams without losing a set.

4. Also, his total career match win rate of 82.7% remains the best of the era.

5. The downside, however, was the constant attention and pressure eventually caused burnout and his retirement at the age of 26.

6. Björn Borg was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on 6 June 1956, as the only child of Rune and Margaretha Borg. He grew up in nearby Södertälje.

7. As a child, Borg became fascinated with a golden tennis racket that his father won at a table-tennis tournament.

8. A player of great athleticism and endurance, he had a distinctive style and appearance—bowlegged and very fast.

9. His muscularity allowed him to put heavy topspin on both his forehand and two-handed backhand.

10. At the age of 15 Borg represented Sweden in the 1972 Davis Cup and won his debut singles rubber in five sets against veteran Onny Parun of New Zealand.

11. Then in December he won the Orange Bowl Junior Championship for boys, 18 and under after a straight sets victory in the final over Vitas Gerulaitis.

12. Borg joined the professional circuit in 1973, reaching the fourth round of his first French Open and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.

13. Just before his 18th birthday in 1974, Borg won his first top-level singles title at the Italian Open, becoming its youngest winner.

14. Two weeks later he won the French Open, defeating Manuel Orantes in the final in five sets.

15. Barely 18, Borg was the youngest-ever male French Open champion up to that point.

16. In early 1975, Borg defeated Rod Laver, then 36 years old, in a semifinal of the World Championship Tennis finals in Dallas, Texas, in five sets.

17. Borg retained his French Open title in 1975, beating Guillermo Vilas in the final in straight sets.

18. Borg then reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, where he lost to eventual champion Ashe.

19. Borg won two singles and one doubles rubber in the 1975 Davis Cup final, as Sweden beat Czechoslovakia 3–2.

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