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Sweden’s Lindstedt lands Grand Slam title

Sweden's Robert Lindstedt celebrated wildly together with his Polish partner Lukasz Kubot on Saturday after winning a Grand Slam men's doubles title at their first attempt at the Australian Open.

Sweden's Lindstedt lands Grand Slam title
Photo: Aijaz Rahi

Kubot climbed into the stands and embraced his supporters after the 6-3, 6-3 victory over American Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen of South Africa.

It was a fairytale result for the Polish-Swedish duo, who were contesting their first Grand Slam championship together.

Before arriving in Melbourne, they had never won a match in three tournaments together.

Kubot became the first Polish man to win a Grand Slam men's doubles title for 36 years, when Wojtek Fibak paired with Kim Warwick at the 1978 Australian Open.

Lindstedt meanwhile becomes the first Swede to make the rostrum in a Grand Slam since Simon Aspelin at the US Open in 2007. He becomes the first Swede to win at the Australian Open since Jonas Björkman in 2001.

Saturday's win was fourth time lucky for the Stockholm-based Swede after having lost his three previous Grand Slam finals, all at Wimbledon, then partnered with Romanian Horia Tecau.

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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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