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Wilander hopes for Edberg comeback in Davis Cup

Swedish tennis legend Mats Wilander, current coach of the country’s Davis Cup team, is hoping fellow tennis great Stefan Edberg will be willing to make a comeback to help the squad overcome a spate of injuries.

Wilander hopes for Edberg comeback in Davis Cup

“On a fast indoor court, Israel’s second ranked player couldn’t touch him,” Wilander said of the 43-year-old former Wimbledon champion to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

With so many of Sweden’s top players injured, Wilander reckons Edberg could easily be considered the second-best player in Sweden at the moment.

Edberg recently made his debut on the veteran tennis circuit and also plays squash at an elite level, so there’s little question about his physical condition.

Nevertheless, Edberg remains doubtful about the prospect of joining Sweden for its upcoming Davis Cup match against Israel in March.

“It’s very, very, very unlikely,” said Edberg to the Sydsvenskan newspaper, adding there are several other players who would likely get the nod ahead of him.

Wilander acknowledges that chances are slim that the former world number-one would grace the court in Malmö to help his fellow countrymen defeat Israel, but remains hopeful nonetheless.

“If he calls and says he’s interested, well then yeah, I’m really interested,” he told Aftonbladet.

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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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