BERGAMO, February 18, Leo Borg, son of time Grand Slam singles champion and former World No. 1 Bjorn Borg, lost his first professional match in the. 39 Jahre nach dem letzten Triumph seines Vaters Björn Borg hat Leo Borg, 16, in Wimbledon debütiert. Oder fast. Seiner Mutter wäre es lieber. Leo Borg, Sohn des legendären Björn Borg, hat bei seinem ersten Match auf der ATP-Challenger-Tour eine Niederlage eingesteckt.
Im Video: Borgs Sohn Leo chancenlos bei Profi-DebütLeo Borg, 16 Jahre alter Sohn der schwedischen Tennis-Legende Björn Borg, hat sein Debüt auf der Profi-Tour gefeiert, aber chancenlos. 39 Jahre nach dem letzten Triumph seines Vaters Björn Borg hat Leo Borg, 16, in Wimbledon debütiert. Oder fast. Seiner Mutter wäre es lieber. leo borg patricia östfeldt.
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Rafael Nadal was perhaps the most successful teenager in the history of men's tennis, and he has largely credited his success as a young man to his uncle Toni.
As reported by Eurosport , Bjorn Borg had words of high praise for the academy and its training regimen. The time Slam champion also expressed hope that just like his own son, many other talented players would start their tennis journey in Mallorca.
In an interview with Marca earlier in the year, Borg had claimed that after visiting the academy he was excited to send his son to train and develop in Rafael Nadal's hometown.
I hate to lose. After that defeat, Borg walked off the court and out of the stadium before the ceremonies and press conference had begun, and headed straight for the airport.
In later years, Borg apologized to McEnroe. Major tournaments and tour organizers were enforcing a new rule; by , that players had to play at least 10 official tournaments per year.
However, Borg wanted to curtail his schedule after many years of winning so often. Although he felt in good condition physically, he recognized that the relentless drive to win and defy tour organizers had begun to fade.
Borg failed to win the US Open in nine tries, losing four finals, the surface was clay that year and to Jimmy Connors , and and to John McEnroe.
The surface was hard court from onward and Borg reached the final there on hard court on three occasions, in , and 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 Meadows, 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.
In —, Borg attempted a comeback on the men's professional tennis tour, coached by Welsh karate expert Ron Thatcher. 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 practicing 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. 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, since World War II, baseliners 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, while he naturally played from the baseline after his second serves.
Another trait usually associated with Borg was his grace under pressure. His calm court demeanor earned him the nickname of the "Ice Man" or "Ice-Borg.
Borg's physical conditioning was unrivalled by contemporaries. He could outlast most of his opponents under the most grueling conditions.
Contrary to popular belief, however, this was not 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.
He couldn't stand losing. Borg and Romanian tennis pro Mariana Simionescu began their relationship in  and married in Bucharest on 24 July He fathered a child, Robin, in , by the Swedish model Jannike Björling , his son Robin had a daughter in Together they have a son, Leo, born in He narrowly avoided personal bankruptcy when business ventures failed.
In , Borg vs McEnroe , a biographical film focusing on the rivalry between Borg and McEnroe and the Wimbledon final, was released.
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.
Borg is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. And in , Bud Collins chose Borg as one of his top-five male players of all time.
In , ESPN. Borg was the only player mentioned in four categories: defense, footwork, intangibles, and mental toughness—with his mental game and footwork singled out as the best in open era history.
Borg famously never won the US Open , losing in the final four times. Borg also never won the Australian Open, although 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.
Which he has. Then he needs support from me and Patricia. Sometimes me and Leo face each other but he has his coach. Leo wants to be aggressive and he feels comfortable with his gamestyle.
Marin Cilic, the Wimbledon finalist, has sympathy with the young Borg having such a iconic name on the back of his shirt. Opponents found it near impossible to read the expressionless Borg, but Mariana and coach Lennart Bergelin could.
This guy playing Bjorn is unbelievable. When they came to Monaco to film, I went and saw Sverrir. I thought he was young Bjorn and the clock had stopped.
I grabbed his cheek to see if he was real. She won the Junior Girls event in and went on to achieve a career-high singles ranking of World No It was the birthday of his coach.
He called my room at 10pm and asked me to go out with them. Borg had just defeated McEnroe to win his fifth Wimbledon final.
A year later, McEnroe got his revenge at Wimbledon, and in Borg shocked the sporting world by retiring at the age of Mariana and Bjorn were divorced in That is absolutely not true.
I do not know how it is possible to invent lies like this one. He fathered a son, Robin, with Swedish model Jannike Bjorling, but that relationship fizzled out after three years.
In , Borg wed glamour model Loredana Berte, but they split in In , he wed Patricia Östfeldt. Mariana went on to have a relationship with racing driver Jean-Louis Schlesser.
They have a son, Anthony, now 27, but she never married again.