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Enqvist to lead Sweden’s Davis Cup team

Former top five professional tennis player Thomas Enqvist has been named as the replacement for Mats Wilander as captain of Sweden's Davis Cup tennis team, the Swedish tennis federation announced on Thursday.

“It’s obviously an honour and a fantastic privilege,” Enqvist said in a statement released by the federation.

Enqvist, 35, retired from the game in 2006 with 19 ATP Tour titles and an appearance in the final of the 1999 Australian Open to his name.

He twice won the Davis Cup with Sweden, in 1997 and 1998, having tasted defeat in the 1996 final against France.

In total he played 26 matches for his country between 1995 and 2004.

“I hope that my experiences as a player will serve me well and I intend to create a link between the team and young players from the junior team.”

Enqvist’s predecessor Wilander, a former world number one, announced on Tuesday that he was stepping down from the role he has occupied since 2003 in order to spend more time with his family.

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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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