Bjorn Borg, Tennis' Stylish Iceman: Facts And Biography

By | June 4, 2020

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July 4, 1981: Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe before the start of the men's singles final at Wimbledon (Photo by S&G/PA Images via Getty Images)

Swedish tennis champion Bjorn Borg was the disco-era stud of the court, a handsome and stylish gentleman of a player with locks like Samson always kept just so by his striped headband. He won Wimbledon five times in a row, and the French Open six times, rarely showing emotion while battling such famously fiery players as John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. When he retired at 26, fans of the game were devastated, as they had hoped to watch Borg-McEnroe, then the greatest rivalry in tennis, for years to come.

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One of the all-time tennis greats Bjorn Borg. (footwearnews)

Bjorn Borg swept through professional tennis like an ice storm. He came, he saw, he conquered and through all of it, his demeanor barely changed. The Swedish sensation broke through at the precocious age of 17, defeating the legendary Arthur Ashe as if he swept aside another ill-matched teenager.

The press made a fuss of the teenager’s historic win but Borg saw it only as an inevitability. “Everyone talks of my age. So what if I am 18? What is this meaning? I always be with people 24 or 25 years old. I think I am 25. That is a good age. I don't think I am extra unusual." However, the Ice-Borg was anything but usual.