This post is not just about tennis. For those of us who are old enough to remember, there was one chap that personified the game and dominated it from the late 70s and early 80s, his name.....................BJORN BORG pronounced (Bee-yorn).
He is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. When I first saw Borg play I like many was mesmerized. He was slim, powerful and although from Sweden he exuded the three preppy virtues of calm, cool and collected. On court he was fierce and made it look effortless.
After seeing Borg I went out and got my first Tretorns and Fila warm up. "Damn it! why couldn't I play like Borg.
He won five consecutive Wimbledon singles titles (a record shared with Roger Federer) and four consecutive French Open singles titles (a record shared with Rafael Nadal). During his relatively brief pro career, Borg won 41 percent of the Grand Slam singles tournaments he entered (11 of 27) and 89.81 percent (141-16) of the Grand Slam singles matches he played, which is an all time record. He also has the highest all surfaces (grass, clay, hard, carpet, court) career match winning percentage of any other male player 82.68 (730/603). All three are open era male records for an entire career. In addition, Borg's six French Open singles titles are an open era male record. He is one of four players in the open era to win both Wimbledon and the French Open in the same year and the only player to do so for three consecutive years. He also won three year end championship titles including two Masters Grand Prix titles and one WCT Final title.
Here is a short video of the man. Enjoy
- These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
|Grand Slam||Years||Record accomplished||Player tied|
|French Open||1974-75, 1978-81||6 Titles||Stands alone|
|French Open||1974-81||6 finals overall||Stands alone|
|French Open||1978-81||4 consecutive wins||Rafael Nadal|
|French Open||1978-81||4 consecutive finals||Ivan Lendl|
|French Open||1978 & 1980||2 French Open's won without losing a set||Rafael Nadal|
|Wimbledon||1976-80||5 consecutive wins||Roger Federer|
|Wimbledon||1976||Only player to win Wimbledon without losing a set||Stands alone|
|Grand Slam||1974-81||8 consecutive years with a victory in a slam||Pete Sampras|
|Grand Slam||1976-80||3 Grand Slams won in straight sets||Stands alone|
- Posted by The Preppy Times