Bjorn again! Borg’s 18-year-old son Leo wins Wimbledon debut in junior men’s singles… 41 YEARS to the day since his father won last title at All England Club
- The son of tennis icon Bjorn Borg made his Wimbledon juniors debut on Monday
- Leo Borg, 18, made a winning start to prove tennis talents run in the family
- The Borg youngster won his debut against Serbian Marko Topo 6-3, 6-7, 6-0
Pictured side-by-side, these two images might make you think you are seeing double.
But more than four decades separate these almost identical pictures of tennis legend Bjon Borg and his son Leo competing at Wimbledon.
Yesterday, Leo, 18, beat Serbian youngster Marko Topo 6-3, 6-7, 6-0 in the first round of the boys’ competition.
The match took place 41 years to the day since his father won the last of his five SW19 titles.
‘It’s always special to be at Wimbledon, my dad played here so many times and won many titles,’ he said.
Like father like son: Pictured left: Leo Borg makes his debut in the juniors at Wimbledon yesterday. Pictured right: Bjon Borg during Wimbledon in 1977
Bjorn Borg’s son, Leo, made a winning start to Wimbledon’s juniors competition on Monday
Bjorg Snr is an icon at Wimbledon and finished his career with five Slam titles at SW19
‘It’s very special for me. Maybe one day I’m getting there the same as my dad.
‘We talked before the match, he was just saying ‘good luck’, he lets my coach do the coaching stuff. So he just said ‘it’s always special to play at Wimbledon, so enjoy it’.’
Borg insists he does not feel the pressure of trying to follow in such illustrious footsteps.
‘No, I don’t think about it,’ he added. ‘I just do my own stuff and go down my own path.
‘My goal is to be a professional tennis player, to play at high levels. It’s tough to get there but I’m doing my best.
‘That’s my dream, to play the big guys and to play for big titles. If I work hard maybe one day I’ll get there.’
Victory for Leo came 41 years to the day since his father won the last of his Wimbledon titles
The 18-year-old insists he does not feel added pressure given the family name in the sport
His father, now 65, won 11 grand slam titles over a short but sweet 10 year career.
He made his Davis Cup debut at just 15, before winning his first grand slam at 18, triumphing in the French Open.
After retaining his French Open title the following year, Bjorn would win his first Wimbledon title in 1976.
He would go on to win five Wimbledon titles, and go on to appear in six consecutive Wimbledon finals – a record later beaten by Roger Federer.
As a teenage sensation, Bjorn attracted then-unprecedented stardom. But the pressure and attention soon told and he decided to retire, aged 26.
His son Leo’s position is somewhat different. Having only begun training in earnest at 14, Leo is currently ranked 2,090th in the world.