Bjorn Borg’s Comeback

Olli Jokinen

Semi-Pro
If the young Borg had the energy for this endless partying than its hard to believe he suffered from a burn out which is an indication of lower energy and lust. Lol. It is better explanation that Borg ended his career so early because he couldnt stand losing, which is also what Wilander said on tv about Borg. I do remember somebody who used a wooden racquet still when everybody else used modern racquets. It was even on grass of Wimbledon and he hitted a lot of aces with his Jack Kramer. His name Kevin Curren! So it wasnt only because his outdated gear Borgs comeback failed. By then topspin was normal so they were used to it and knew how to handle it.
He used the Kneissl White Star from 1985, so he did change from wood pretty early. But he still used wood in the AO final 1984 against Wilander. He lost.
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
Someone started a thread about Johnny Carson interviewing Roscoe Tanner, and I noticed that Carson also interviewed Björn Borg in the summer of 1982.

Borg said:

* He decided that he needed a mental break in 1981 and had planned to return in April 1982 to play Monte Carlo.

* The pro council said he had to qualify for majors if he didn't play a minimum of ten tournaments. Borg told them that seven tournaments should be fair since he is starting in April, but they said no.

* He said that he would "for sure" be back in January 1983, and planned on being back in top shape and play all the majors, and hopefully finally win the U.S. Open.

Johnny Carson 1982 07 23 Bjorn Borg
 
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Musterrific

Semi-Pro
Someone started a thread about Johnny Carson interviewing Roscoe Tanner, and I noticed that Carson also interviewed Björn Borg in the summer of 1982.

Borg said:

* He decided that he needed a mental break in 1981 and had planned to return in April 1982 to play Monte Carlo.

* The pro council said he had to qualify for majors if he didn't play a minimum of ten tournaments. Borg told them that seven tournaments should be fair since he is starting in April, but they said no.

* He said that he would "for sure" be back in January 1983, and planned on being back in top shape and play all the majors, and hopefully finally win the U.S. Open.

Johnny Carson 1982 07 23 Bjorn Borg
I can't imagine what the pro council was thinking. What a stupid decision on their part - they essentially drove out the sport's first "rock star" when he was ready to resume his career.
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
I can't imagine what the pro council was thinking. What a stupid decision on their part - they essentially drove out the sport's first "rock star" when he was ready to resume his career.
i think they were just trying to force him into playing 10 tournaments and didnt think he would balk at the idea..lol
i was young back then but remember there were two opinions on this (the first one being the majority)...
1. the rules are ridiculous to make borg play/qualify, esp when hes defending champion at RG...
2. and the other opinion was "why is bjorn so stubborn?" saying rules are rules and he could use the qualies as match practice..

anyway the tour has changed so much.. something like this would never happen today
 

NicoMK

Professional
Someone started a thread about Johnny Carson interviewing Roscoe Tanner, and I noticed that Carson also interviewed Björn Borg in the summer of 1982.

Borg said:

* He decided that he needed a mental break in 1981 and had planned to return in April 1982 to play Monte Carlo.

* The pro council said he had to qualify for majors if he didn't play a minimum of ten tournaments. Borg told them that seven tournaments should be fair since he is starting in April, but they said no.

* He said that he would "for sure" be back in January 1983, and planned on being back in top shape and play all the majors, and hopefully finally win the U.S. Open.

Johnny Carson 1982 07 23 Bjorn Borg
Too bad it never happened. Imagine the tour with prime / young McEnroe, Wilander, Lendl, Borg, Becker, Edberg, Noah, Cash etc. -- who the hell have I forgotten? -- , a top shape Borg and a forever competitor Jimmy Connors. That WOULD have been something!!
 

BringBackWood

Professional
Too bad it never happened. Imagine the tour with prime / young McEnroe, Wilander, Lendl, Borg, Becker, Edberg, Noah, Cash etc. -- who the hell have I forgotten? -- , a top shape Borg and a forever competitor Jimmy Connors. That WOULD have been something!!
Lendl gets maybe only 1 or 2 slams
Wilander gets maybe only 1 or 2 slams (sorry Nico!)
Jimmy retired early
Awesome battles Noah Borg, Becker Borg, Edberg Borg especially
Mcenroe persuaded not to marry and is fully concentrated on tennis!!
 

NicoMK

Professional
Lendl gets maybe only 1 or 2 slams
Wilander gets maybe only 1 or 2 slams (sorry Nico!)
Jimmy retired early
Awesome battles Noah Borg, Becker Borg, Edberg Borg especially
Mcenroe persuaded not to marry and is fully concentrated on tennis!!
:unsure:

Agree with everything, especially points 4 and 5 but maybe except with point two, sorry BBW :giggle:
 
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NicoMK

Professional
* He said that he would "for sure" be back in January 1983, and planned on being back in top shape and play all the majors, and hopefully finally win the U.S. Open.
Maybe I've read it before but what was the reason, I mean not the official reason, but Bjorn's own reason, that made him retire for good despite what he announced there, that he would play again etc.
Except Borg and maybe John, does someone really know what happened?
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
i never really bought the idea he retired because he was losing to mac or anyone...
1981 USO was his last GS tournament but he didnt decide to retire until jan 1983...

in an interview he said he wasnt "burnt out" and he could have played longer,
he said he was just tired and wanted to do other things in life..
he wasnt like mac or connors who only played a couple hours a day..
he trained for 5-6 hours and joined the tour when he was 15 years old...
all he knew was tennis so i can understand someone in his prime/age at 25/26
wondering what else is out there when all hes been doing is hitting a ball for 20years...
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
Yes... but he could have taken a one or two year break and then come back..
well he did take a little over a year to decide to retire from
when he took time off .. from the carson interview in ‘82 tho
it sounded like he had every intention of coming back ...
he prob just didn't want to put the work in anymore.. who knowa
 

jrepac

Hall of Fame
i think they were just trying to force him into playing 10 tournaments and didnt think he would balk at the idea..lol
i was young back then but remember there were two opinions on this (the first one being the majority)...
1. the rules are ridiculous to make borg play/qualify, esp when hes defending champion at RG...
2. and the other opinion was "why is bjorn so stubborn?" saying rules are rules and he could use the qualies as match practice..

anyway the tour has changed so much.. something like this would never happen today
Both 1 and 2 are true...it was ridiculous and Bjorn was stubborn. Playing 10 tournaments was really not a big commitment. Shoot, he was out there playing exos from '82 to '83.
I suspect they never believed Borg would walk away...it was astounding
 

NicoMK

Professional
Nice interview except that the interviewer is a bit overacting IMO.

Bjorn said he was bored at the time, so maybe call him Bjorn Bored, he wanted to have normal life etc. That he may have come back if he had a team around him -- he says "like today" -- but he felt he was kinda alone.

Fair enough.

Too bad but that's history after all.

Thanks for sharing the video big ted :)
 
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