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Wilander quits as head of Sweden’s Davis Cup team

Swedish tennis great Mats Wilander said on Tuesday he planned to step down as captain of Sweden's Davis Cup team in order to spend more time with his family.

“I have decided not to go on,” the 45-year-old father of four and former world No. 1 told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“It’s for purely personal reasons that I have taken this decision, I want to spend more time at home here with my children.”

Wilander, in his heyday in the 1980s, won three Davis Cup titles with Sweden, but he has been much less successful in his time as captain since 2003 with just a semi-final showing against the United States in 2007 to his credit.

The Swedes did, however, maintain their position in the 16-strong world group last month with a 3-2 win over Romania.

Favourite to replace Wilander is former world top ten player Thomas Engqvist.

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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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