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TENNIS

Söderling ensures Swedish Davis Cup success

Sweden retained its elite status in the Davis Cup 2010 after defeating Romania 3-2 in the world group play off in Helsingborg on Sunday.

Robin Söderling followed his doubles success on Saturday with a straight sets win in the singles over Victor Hansescu. Andreas Vinciguerra was forced to forfeit his match with Marius Copil after winning the first set 6-4.

“It feels great. An incredibly important match which we just had to win. Losing just wasn’t an option, so it feels great.

Robin Söderling, with Robin Lindstedt, had secured Swedish success in the tie on Saturday with a straight sets, 6-1,7-6,7-6 win over Victor Hanescu and Horia Tecau.

Until then Sweden had been at risk of being degraded from the so-called elite division for only the second time in the tournament’s history.

US Open semi-finalist Söderling also claimed victory in his singles match against Victor Crivoi on Friday and thereby stood for all of Sweden’s points in the tie.

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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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