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Is This a Case of “Bjorn Again”?

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Older fans at tennis matches have recently been nudging each other and asking whether time travel has been invented. There, on the court, they have seen an intriguingly familiar figure. Tall, broad-shouldered and with long blond hair, whispers of “Doesn’t he look like, you know, him!” have been circulating through the crowd.

If sites like, did bets on the existence of time travel, then you might have wanted recently to put a little money on Bjorn Borg popping from the 1970s for a little competitive tennis, twenty first century style.   However, the truth is rather more mundane. This, in fact, is a Borg but not Bjorn again. It is his teenage son, Leo.

And guess what? Leo Borg is hopeful that four decades after his father’s greatest sporting moment that he will start his own Wimbledon career. He is 15 but there are rumours circulating wildly that he will get a wildcard next week for the junior event. If so, this could be the start of sporting history – the moment when a previous winner’s son first steps into the spotlight to begin his own journey to the top of the tennis world. Will we see young Leo Borg lifting the trophy after winning the Men’s Singles Final in, say, 2022?

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Only time will tell. For now, we will hopefully get our first Wimbledon look at this new tennis name when the tournament begins next week. The main draw for the boys will take place on July 4 – Independence Day, ironically. So, this may be the moment the boy steps out of the man’s shadow. Word has it that he has what it takes to succeed in professional tennis.

Father Bjorn was a teenage tennis sensation back in the early 1970s. He then went on to win 11 Gran Slam singles titles, five consecutively at Wimbledon and a stupendous six at the French Open. He set many records which still stand today and was never defeated in French Open finals. So, there is something of an expectation around the ‘next generation’ as it were.

With such a sporting pedigree, you might imagine that dad would take a leading role, perhaps coaching his own offspring to global success. This has not been the case, however. Borg senior felt it important that his son was able to develop his own tennis techniques rather than adopting those of his father so for Bjorn and mum Patricia it is simply a case of support but no coaching.

However, we don’t have to place a bet to guess what the subject of conversation is at the family dinner-table most evenings!

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