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Borg forced to sell his trophies


A very sad story:

BBC article:

Tennis legend Bjorn Borg is selling the five Wimbledon trophies he won between 1976 and 1980.

Borg, who retired at 26, is reported to have established a 40m fortune during his career but has since been through two divorces and a bankruptcy.

"It's not easy to part with the trophies but I need some long-term financial security for those close to me," said the 49-year-old.

"The time's right for them to pass to a collector or suitable institution."

In addition to the five miniature replica trophies, Borg is also selling two rackets, including the one he used in his classic victory over John McEnroe in the 1980 final.

Auctioneers Bonhams said the unique nature of the collection made its financial value difficult to estimate, but added that the sale is expected to make more than 200,000.

"Even though the symbols of my victories are being sold, what I will always retain is the knowledge that for such a long time I was the supreme world tennis champion," added Borg.

He won 11 grand slam singles titles in a glittering career, but his early retirement saw him launch a turbulent business career.

The Swede's Bjorn Borg Design Group company went under, forcing him to sell his home in order to pay off debts.

Borg attempted a tennis comeback in the early 1990s, but now coaches young players in Stockholm as well as having a chain of shops selling Bjorn Borg-branded clothes and shoes.


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Borg changed his mind and NOT selling them.....


Beeb article below............


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4770000.stm



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Enjoy

www.youtube.com/watch

Roland Garros 1978, 40 years ago

These guys would match up so well against the big 4 today, IMHO

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Wow - single-handed backhands. This thread reminds me of footballers and boutiques.



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Ha. Watch the borg backhand. I always thought it was pure double handed like maybe a Murray or djoko today but he uses it, the second hand, largely up to impact but then most often plays the stroke with one hand. Not at all like the form of most players today and also different to how I remembered it!

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