"We're playing tennis, and he's playing something else.”
One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Björn Rune Borg was born on June 6, 1956 in Sodertalje, Sweden. During his career, Borg won 11 grand slam championships with a remarkable five straight Wimbledon titles from 1976 through 1980. Borg ranks number four in the list of male tennis players with the most Grand Slam singles titles behind Roger Federer with 16, Pete Sampras with 14 and Roy Emerson who has 12 titles.
John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors were the only players to ever defeat Bjorn Borg in a Grand Slam final. Having lost in the final on four occasions, Borg never won the U. S. Open. Even though at the time the Australian Open was a grass-court tournament, he elected to play it only once, in 1974, and lost in the third round.
Bjorn Borg adopted a unique playing style. In addition to an unorthodox-at-the-time, double-handed backhand, he hit the ball high from the back of the court sending it down with heavy topspin. This gave his game a great deal of consistency. This, plus a high level of fitness and a calm court demeanor (earning him the nickname “Ice Borg”) contributed to his on-court dominance.
Borg participated in only one tournament (in Monte Carlo) in 1982 and lost to Yannick Noah in the quarterfinals. However, at age 26, his announcement in 1983 that he was retiring from tennis came as a shock to the public.
Bjorn Borg attempted a comeback on the men’s professional tennis tour in the early 1990s. Using a wooden racquet, he was unsuccessful, failing to win a single match. In 1992, using a Donnay Graphite racquet, he defeated John Lloyd at the Inglewood Forum Tennis Challenge 6–4, 6–3.
2008: ESPN.com challenges former tennis players, analysts and writers to create the ideal, open-era player. Bjorn Borg is the only player to be considered in four categories: defense, footwork, mental fortitude and intangibles - with his mental game and footwork deemed the best in open era history!
Love Life: Bjorn Borg married Romanian tennis player Marian Simionescu, which ended in divorce. He fathered a child with Swedish model Jannike Bjorling, and he was briefly married to Italian singer, Loredana Berte. He wed his current wife, Patricia Ostfeldt in 2002.
Borg and his wife, Patricia Ostfeldt at the 2009 French Open
Borg owns a number of homes including a penthouse in Monte Carlo and a small island off the coast of Sweden.
Currently Borg is the owner of the Björn Borg fashion label, which markets designer underwear, socks, sportswear, swimwear and shoes.
The Bjorn Borg label is very popular in Sweden, second only to Calvin Klein. He and John McEnroe together launched a clever, limited-edition line of underwear Bjorn ♥ John which can be found at www.bjornborg.com (by the way, the website offers free shipping on all U.S. orders!)
Check out our picks from Bjorn Borg products
Borg Signature - Short Shorts - $27.95
McEnroe Signature - Short Shorts - $27.95
Bjorn Borg Mini Shorts - Surf Text - $19.95
Bjorn Borg Sport Top - Surf Text - $26.95
Bjorn Borg Men's Sneaker - Roger 01 - $99.95
Bjorn Borg Sven 52 Women's Sneaker - $69.95