Celebrating the Preppy Lifestyle and it's sensibilities


Preps are known for leisure yet competitive activities such as tennis. We love to not only play but watch, especially the pro circuit. After all where are we going to see someone with talent that can almost match our own? (hehe)
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 SlamYearsRecord accomplishedPlayer tied
French Open1974-75, 1978-816 TitlesStands alone
French Open1974-816 finals overallStands alone
French Open1978-814 consecutive winsRafael Nadal
French Open1978-814 consecutive finalsIvan Lendl
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
French Open1978 & 19802 French Open's won without losing a setRafael Nadal
Wimbledon1976-805 consecutive winsRoger Federer
Wimbledon1976Only player to win Wimbledon without losing a setStands alone
Grand Slam1974-818 consecutive years with a victory in a slamPete Sampras
Roger Federer
Grand Slam1976-803 Grand Slams won in straight setsStands alone

- Posted by The Preppy Times

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