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Old 04-18-2013, 07:37 AM   #77
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See: (Borg beats Amaya in a qualifying match in Vegas).

It was during this time that Borg was playing some qualifying matches. He would later be asked to play the qualifiers at both the FO and Wimbledon by Tour officials. He was adament that he would not be play the qualifiers there and by March 1983, Borg had retired. He wanted to continue playing the majors and a somewhat reduced schedule at least for a while. This was after a remarkable amount of play over years. Borg was a remarkable prodigy in that he turned pro at 14 and won a Davis Cup match at 15. He had won junior Wimbledon and three majors while still only 20. He played a heavy official schedule and also a heavy unofficial schedule on top of that between 14-25. He was feeling mental burnout and wanted to reset. He would have played both Wimbledon and the US Open in 1982 and beyond had he reached a compromise with the Tour, but they didn't. Borg refused to fold and exited the Tour. Both sides suffered as a consequence. I would have loved to have seen Borg compete when he was 26-30, but we didn't get the chance. A part of Borg's persona is that he's very resolute and determined, but also very stubborn. That's a big reason he was so tough. Listen, by 25, Borg had started becoming his own man, having been coached by the very rigorous Lennart Bergelin. He wouldn't take orders from anyone by then, including Tour Officials and his own coach (See Connors as well and his dealings with the Frenach Open). He had lived a very rigourous existence from 14-25 and he wanted to reset having felt burned out in 1981. He knew that he wanted to reduce his schedule for a while and focus on winning more majors especially. It would have been great to have seen Borg, along with Jimmy, McEnroe, Lendl, Wilander, and then Becker by 1984..all with graphite frames and a lot of VS gut! Regardless, we are so fortunate to have had players like Borg and then Lendl who did so much to make the game of tennis what it is today. That's true greatness, to impact a whole sport like that.
Bjorn Borg defied analysis. No one could manufacture a man that won 6 French Open and 5 straight Wimbledon titles. - Andrew Longmore
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