INTERVIEW WITH BJORN BORG: “My life became such a circus I couldn’t live with.”

interview with Bjorn Borg: After winning five Wimbledon titles and six Roland Garros crowns, he announced his retirement from professional tennis at the age of 26. a surprise to supporters and adversaries. Bjorn Borg was relieved: “It was nice at first to be asked for pictures and autographs, but after a while it got to be too much.” I retired at a young age because of this.

“One hundred people were waiting for me when I got to the hotel. I was followed by twenty-five photographers when I went to a restaurant. I desired a typical life. Even though they are far better protected, champions nonetheless experience the same thrill today. The Swedish tennis star claims, “But at the time it was really crazy, and that was one of the decisive factors that made me throw in the towel.”

Regarded as one of the most influential personalities in tennis history, he has been increasingly active in the public eye over the past five years as a result of his appointment as captain of the European Laver Cup team and his continued presence alongside his 19-year-old son Leo Borg, who plays in the Futures and Challenger circuits. This interview, which was originally published in French for Tennis Magazine, summarizes some of his fondest memories.

Borg’s career’s little-known anecdotes are revealed during the chat. For example, when he was disqualified from his first professional match due to the inappropriate behavior of his doubles partner Ion Tiriac, or how much he regrets choosing to participate in a minor tournament rather than the French Open due to financial motivations. He quips, “I let Vilas win that year because I was nice to him.”

 

The entire CLAY interview is available in both Spanish and English.

 

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