What effect did Bjorn Borg have on the popularity and sport of tennis, and how good Brog will be in today’s Tennis?

How skilled a player would Borg have been in today’s game?

It’s difficult to say because equipment, strokes, and other things have changed so much, but because of his athletic prowess, I believe he has the best chance of being competitive among all of his peers.

Foot speed: According to McEnroe’s memoirs, Borg was faster than all but a handful of the best players at the age of 46 at the time.

Physical strength: Borg was physically strong enough to take on players like Wawrinka. Fitness: Borg was incredibly fit, which was important in the current match.

With a modern racquet and strings, Borg would likely be up there with Nadal and Thiem for top spin. He used a little wooden racquet and still managed to hit with a lot of top spin.

I think Borg had a MASSIVE influence, which is particularly seen in the way that play is done now. He has nearly the same influence as Chris Evert. I contend that almost every player competing for the women’s tour is a “Chrissie Clone” of generation five or six. I’ll get back to business; this is about Borg.

His significance resulted from his career’s perfect timing; he climbed to prominence fast during the 1970s tennis boom. In the 1970s, he was a DOMINANT player and an amazing player. In 1972, at the age of fifteen, he made his Davis Cup debut for the Swedish team. He went on to win 11 Major titles (at the time, only Emerson’s 12 was better); three consecutive years, he won the French/Wimbeldon double (the “channel duo”); six French and five Wimbledon titles; an 89% win percentage in Major events (Grand Slams). Up until his retirement, he NEVER placed lower than 4 in the year-end WORLD rating after winning his first major (the French Open in 1974).

Borg was also adored by the media. Growing up in New York and knowing McEnroe, I can recall that the American press adored him more than McEnroe, Connors, a waning Stan Smith, Nastase, and many others together.

 

His playing style was the most significant factor in the total effect. Not that he struck a two-handed backhand; in fact, many players before Borg had a two-hander; in fact, I would describe his early career backhand as a one and a half-hander, with the left hand serving more as a guide and support than a full-on hold. It was the MODERN (now Modern, then utterly innovative) open stance and the WESTERN grip that produced a ball contact ZONE as opposed to a contact POINT.

Almost every player on the men’s side owes Borg credit for their AMAZING topspin, two-handed backhand that can be used offensively rather than only to slice and hold the point, and their come-to-the-net, hands-shake style of play. Simply put, players of days have better equipment (high-tech string, material, and racket size).

 

Without a doubt, BORG’s style and inventiveness can be linked back to all of today’s players (male players).

 

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