The 50 years of Open Era have seen some of the greatest tennis players make remarkable records. Bjorn Borg of Sweden is ranked among the most talented, charismatic, and popular players in the game. The Swedish superstar won 11 major titles in his career despite retiring at a young age of 26 from the game. Borg was undoubtedly the most renowned player of his generation and is famously regarded as the first true rock-star of tennis. We look back at the legendary career that brought him many glories but ended abruptly.
Bjorn Borg: Great Tennis Records
Borg turned pro is 1973 and retired from the game in 1983. In his 10 years long career, the Swede won 644 singles matches and 64 titles. His incredible records rank the former world number 1 among the few greatest tennis players. He won 11 major titles that included 6 at the clay of French Open and 5 at the grass of Wimbledon. Borg was the first player to dominate the slow clay and fast grass with great ease. He won Roland Garros and Wimbledon back to back. It is known as the channel slam in tennis. The achievement was not repeated for more than 30 years after Bjorn Borg till Rafa Nadal achieved it in 2008.
The Swede has the highest winning percentage of 89.81 in Grand Slams in the Open Era. His winning rate on the grass is the highest and on the clay is the second-best only to Rafael Nadal. Borg was known as the best among greatest tennis players on clay till Nadal came on the scene. He won Roland Garros thrice without even losing a single set. Bjorn Borg however could not complete the career Grand Slam by winning all 4 majors. He participated in the Australian Open just once. In the US Open, he reached 4 finals but could not lift a title.
His Playing Style
Borg was a strong baseline counterpuncher with amazing skills and stamina. In terms of a combination of attacking and defensive shots, he was one of the greatest tennis players. The Swede is well known for his supreme fitness, putting powerful topspin on his ground-strokes and court coverage. Bjorn Borg was the first player to play the backhand two-handed. The shot has now become extremely popular among both male and female tennis players. Bjorn is regarded as the childhood inspiration by many tennis stars like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
From engaging in long rallies on the clay to finishing the points with a great serve and volley, the great Swede could do it all. His calm demeanor and mental alertness on the court added to his ruthlessness transformed Borg into one of the greatest tennis players of any era. Borg’s speed on the court was often difficult to believe. He had great footwork that would make court coverage so efficient that the opponents found it difficult to penetrate his defense. Like other greatest tennis players, Borg has both the willingness and endurance to fight till the last point.
Bjorn Borg’s true greatness lies beyond numbers. He inspired some of the greatest tennis players to pick up the racket. He will also be always known as the father of modern baseline tennis.