This Sunday, June 6, one of the most well-known Swedish sportsmen on the planet is celebrating his sixty-fifth birthday. But what occurs to him?
“I would have liked to play against Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros. He’s the best ever on clay, and my biggest wish would have been to play him once when I was at my best. It would have been a dream for me. I’m sure he would have beaten me, but it would have been a challenge in my life too. “Nice tribute if ever there’s one and it emanates from one other nice champion on clay: Bjorn Borg. This apparently phlegmatic Swede, who celebrates his 65 years this Sunday, June 6, was a volcano below a really Nordic ice. But at Porte d’Auteuil, he was one of the nice lords between 1974 and 1981. As proof, he gained six finals – a prize listing lengthy thought-about a report.
A well-deserved retirement
Borg, a right-hander with the well-known two-handed backhand, additionally shone on English turf at Wimbledon, profitable the title 5 occasions. He knew higher than anybody easy methods to jostle his elders, tire out his fellows, put on out the outsiders from his baseline. In 1981, when he solely posted 25 springs on the clock, he was already feeling weariness. The following 12 months after a not-so-bad efficiency at the Monte Carlo event (he misplaced in the quarter-finals to Yannick Noah), he thought of withdrawing his bow. In 1983, he was not 27 when he introduced his retirement. Friends of the circuit, like his nice rival McEnroe, attempt to dissuade him. In useless. A number of matches, no closing and in the center of the 80s, the Swede fades away. So of course, he invited himself to some exhibition matches in the early Nineties, however he moved on.
A businessman’s life
Something else is life, the actual one. If he has arrange his ready-to-wear firm (Bjorn Borg design Group), Borg additionally discovers the uncomfortable side effects: the chaotic beginnings of a businessman (his affiliate mates are going to destroy him), the occasion with out interruption, alcohol sprinkled with medicine. , marriages, births (he’s the father of two sons Robin, 36 years outdated and Léo, 18 years outdated, himself a tennis participant), troubles with the tax authorities, There is even speak of a suicide try in 1989, which ‘he’ll firmly deny and many others, do not throw any extra! The rebound got here in the early Nineties. Borg relaunched its model, this time supported by critical shareholders (together with H&M). The enterprise is structured, the vary is increasing. The Borg model is successful in the Scandinavian international locations.
And in 2007, it is the jackpot: Bjorn Borg resells his shares for 13.5 million euros, however he stays a luxurious guide (with a remuneration equal to five% of the group’s gross sales) at Björn Borg AB, right this moment hui listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. What to see the future coming serenely. Not to say a couple of promoting contracts and a guide job. The man is secure and blissful in his fairly home on the outskirts of Stockholm. This additionally offers him time to stroll on the circuit right this moment to not tease the yellow ball once more however to help his youthful brother who has simply joined the academy of a sure … Rafael Nadal in Mallorca.