Profile: Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg

Borg is, some say, the greatest male tennis player in history. A dominating force in especially the late 1970s, Borg won 11 Grand Slam titles and 5 straight Wimbledon championships between 1974 and 1981.

A precocious teenager, Borg was winning international titles by 18 with his unusual style and great athleticism. He won Wimbledon for the first time at just 20 years old, and went on to thrive in an era blessed with fantastic competition between himself and other all-time tennis greats like Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, and Ilie Nastase.

Borg surprised the tennis world by retiring at just 26 years of age, after having become the first player to earn over $1 million in prize money in a single season.

  • Born: Sodertalje, Sweden, 1956
  • Height/weight: 180 cm (5’11″), 72 kg (160 lbs)
  • Active: 1973-1983
  • Career wins/losses: 608–127 (82.7%); prize money $3,655,751; 64 ATP titles
  • top Grand Slam results: French Open – 6 titles; Wimbledon – 5 titles
  • ranked #1 for 109 weeks

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