In 1974, he was the Italian Open’s youngest recorded winner, and went on to be the youngest French Open winner at that time.
Björn married another tennis player, the Romanian pro Mariana Simionescu in Bucharest in 1980. During his retirement he divorced her. He had a relationship with Swedish model Jannike Björling and they had a child. Then for a short period of time he was wed to an Italian singer, Loredana Bertè. During his later years he is known for his successful ownership of the Björn Borg fashion label. This label is second to Calvin Klein in his home country.
In the early 1990s Björn tried a comeback;he grew his hair and competed with a wooden racquet. However the comeback was not a success.
His achievements include:
•Winning 77 top level singles and four doubles titles
•Being rated as world no 1 by the ATP rankings at various times between 1977 and 1981
•In 1987 becoming part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame
•In 2006 being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Broadcasting Corporation
•Being the winner of 11 grand slam titles from 1974 to 1981
•Being the first tennis player in 1974 to earn more than one million dollars in prize money in a single season
•Winner of the Wimbledon title for five consecutive years from 1976 to 1980
The final men’s singles in 1980 is well known to be one of the greatest matches, played between this Swedish winner and John McEnroe. The next year these two tennis pros would compete again in the finals, yet this time Björn was defeated as he seemed to have lost his ‘sparkle’ and did not mind losing which led to his decision to part from professional playing.
During his career he never did play in the Australian Open.
This tennis player is considered by numerous people to be one of the greatest tennis players ever to compete. He had a calm and collected nature when he played on court, which led to some opponents naming him ‘ice man’.
He is the only player to win Wimbledon and then in the same year the French Open for three consecutive years, and he is recognised as being the only tennis player to win three majors without losing a set.
The growth of his long hair was part of his reputation as being the first ‘rock star’ tennis player.
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