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Swedish tennis legend dies

Lennart Bergelin, Björn Borg's former personal coach and a top tennis player in his own right, has died at the age of 83.

Swedish tennis legend dies

Bergelin died after a short illness. He was in recent years most well known for his work as Borg’s personal coach from 1971 until 1983, during which time his young protege won

11 Grand Slam singles titles at Wimbledon and the French Open.

Bergelin also led Sweden’s Davis Cup team to its first ever Davis Cup victory in 1975.

Before his career as a trainer, Bergelin was considered one of Sweden’s best players, playing 90 Davis Cup tournaments and reaching the quarter finals at Wimbledon four times.

Between 1946 and 1951, he won four international tournaments and in 1948 became the first Swede to win the Paris Grand Slam doubles competition, partnered with Jaroslav Drobny.

Between 1946 and 1955, he repeatedly figured on international lists ranking the world’s 10 best players.

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Björn Borg’s son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut

Four decades after Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg won a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, his 16-year-old son Leo Borg is reportedly set to make his debut at the tournament.

Björn Borg's son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut
Leo Borg's Wimbledon debut is yet to be officially confirmed. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

According to reports in British tabloid The Sun and Swedish tabloid Expressen, Borg will be awarded a wildcard to play in the Wimbledon junior event.

“Leo is very grateful about getting a wildcard for the qualifiers to junior Wimbledon,” Björn Borg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It will be an incredible experience and useful practice for the future,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Wimbledon tournament did not want to confirm the decision, only saying that wildcard announcements and the main draw for the Juniors tournament would be made next week.

If confirmed, Leo Borg’s Wimbledon debut comes 39 years after Björn Borg defeated American rival John McEnroe, winning him his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The iconic match has been called one of the greatest matches of all time and the story was adapted for the screen in the 2017 feature film Borg vs McEnroe, where Leo, bearing a striking resemblance to his fatther, played a younger version of Björn Borg.

During the 1970s and early 1980s Björn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledons and six French Opens.


Björn Borg after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980. Photo: Scanpix/TT

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