Bjorn Borg

Birthplace: Södertälje, Sweden


During his remarkable pro career, Borg won a staggering 41% of Grand Slam singles tournaments he entered and 89.8% of the Grand Slam singles matches he played. Both are open era male records for an entire career. Borg won Wimbledon in 1976 without losing a set to became the youngest male Wimbledon champion of the modern era at 20 years and 1 month. He won his fifth consecutive singles title there in 1980 by defeating John McEnroe in a five sets. The match, which included the famous fourth-set tie break won by McEnroe 18 points to 16, is often cited as the best Wimbledon final ever played.

Career Highlights

-Borg joined the professional circuit aged 14 and in 1972, at the age of 15, he set his first record, becoming the youngest player ever to win a Davis Cup singles rubber.

-Borg won his first Grand Slam title at the French Open, in a five-set final. Barely 18 at the time, Borg was the youngest-ever male French Open champion.

-The Swede went on to win a further five Roland Garros titles, including four consecutively between 1978 and 1981. His six French Open singles titles remains a record to this day.

-Borg won five consecutive Wimbledon titles (1976-1980), the first player to do so.

-He won a total of 11 grand slam singles titles: 6 at the French Open and 5 at Wimbledon.

-He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.

-65 career titles – 61 in singles; 4 in doubles.

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