Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by adil1972, May 17, 2013.
is it true that borg never played warm up tournaments before wimbledon?
Pretty much.......after 1976 win over Nastase he would spend the weeks after RG at his rental residence outside London and practice - Vitas was one of his regular partners along with other swedes and at times players with huge serves to get him used to the grass.
There is a good video of Bergelin talking about Borg practicing at some grass-court club to prepare. He said for a week or so, Borg was just awful on grass.
Just before the 1976 event Borg was in England for a few weeks doing nothing but hard practice and changing his serve to make it a weapon - he actually pulled/tore a lower stomach muscle and during the whole 1976 Wimbledon had to spray liquid Ice - famous during the final seeing Borg on changeovers opening his shorts and spraying himself over and over!
Borg hired nastase to improve his serve before Wimbledon 1976...I think this is the worst choice Nastase ever made in his life.
John Lloyd also practiced with Borg and said the same thing as to how poor his timing was right after the French but was amazed at how after only a week on grass, he could transform his game.
in one of borgs title at Wimbledon in an early round..borg was 1-2 sets down and in a 4th set tiebreak..:shock:
imagine that, if he had lost the tiebreak its goodbye to 5-in-a-row for mr b. borg. :???:
I always wondered if playing at queens would been better, but he did ok his way I suppose.
Yes, he did okay--his way.
He was once down 2 sets to 1 against lefty Victor Amaya 2 and down 1-3 in the 4th set (Amaya also had a game point to go up 4-1) in a 1st round match at Wimbledon and somehow escaped 6-3 in the 5th.
in 77 it ws AO winner Mark Edmondson, a very tough first round by any means, in 78 Vic Amaya, a solid top 30 player, in 79 Vijay Amritraj, the megatalented indian player who scored wins over most of his era´s all timers, in 80 the turn for Rod Frawley, a grass specialist who would make it to the semis a year later,...Borg deserved every win at Wimbledon.
What if Roscoe Tanner had played Borg a second time at the Wimbledon final???
Borg would skip tourneys and just practice before Wimbledon on private courts with Bergelin and fellow pros like John Lloyd or Vitas Gerulaitis. Lennart Bergelin spoke about how they would have Borg hit just serves for hours while practicing at a private club just before Wimbledon. Before the 1976 Wimbledon tournament, Bergelin emphasized the need to improve Borg's serve. He said "and we were practicing and practicing and his serve got pretty good." His serve really started clicking before the '76 W, where he went on to win the tourney without losing a set. He's the only player to do that in the Open Era. I'm not sure about all time. The courts were hot and fast that year too, so he was really clocking it.
yes..1976 was a famous long hot summer over here.
he really didnt have much time for warmup tournaments did he? he was always in the finals of the french and didnt queens start the next day?
Here is a great article written after the epic 1980 Wimbledon final by Frank Deford:
Here is the remainder of the article cited above.
Here is a video segment in which Lennart Bergelin discusses how Borg was practicing before his 1976 Wimbledon title.
James Callaghan & Trade Unions made it hotter too
Till the witch got to power
^^^Good writing: he really sets the scene well.
Yes, he does Hoodjem. Frank Deford is one of my favorite tennis writers. He's a great sports commentator. You feel like you're right next to Centre Court on that great day in Wimbledon history.
in 1981 borg played in consecutive tourneys..
French open, Wimbledon, US Open..imagine that now, major hopping no tourneys in between.
Goosehead, as far as ATP tournaments, Borg played in 10 events during calendar year 1981, including the Masters '80 YEC at Madison Square Garden indoors, the Tokyo Indoors, Geneva on clay, The U.S. Open (hard courts), Stuggart (clay), Wimbledon, the French Open, Monte Carlo (clay), Milan (indoors), and Brussels (indoors). He won 4 events out of those 10. The Masters YEC at Madison Square Garden was the 4th biggest tourney of the year, so he won 2 of the 4 biggest tournaments he played in that calendar year. In terms of other tourneys he played in during 1981, I see that he beat Clerc in Edmonton on carpet. He also played Clerc at an invitational in Bologna, so that's two other unofficial ATP events he played that year and I'm sure he played in a few other unofficial events during the year as well, so he did play a active schedule outside the majors as well.
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