It’s an strangely huge gaggle of snappers for this degree, but that is due to the fact the sixteen-yr-old Swede is not any regular tennis participant.
He is the son of the mythical Bjorn Borg, the 11-time grand slam winner who have become a international celebrity inside the Nineteen Seventies courtesy of his film-celebrity looks, long blonde hair and stunning performances on the court.
An hour or so later, Leo’s Wimbledon hopes evaporate on the palms of the 9th-seeded Frenchman Loris Pourroy, who wins 6-1 6-4.
“Today become not my day,” a disenchanted Borg told CNN Sport after his match.
Despite hailing from tennis royalty, the younger Borg most effective played on grass for the primary time a week ago.
“It’s very distinct from different surfaces,” he added.
“It goes very rapid, and serves are very one-of-a-kind. You have to get down with the legs and should recognition all
Leo’s first foray on the grass came 47 years after his father received the lads’ name at the All England Club at the age of sixteen.
Four years later, Bjorn Borg won the first of five consecutive Wimbledon titles. He additionally clinched six instantly French Open championships on clay, before his surprise retirement in 1981, on the age of 26.
His rivalry with American John McEnroe become mythical: the ice-cool Swede towards the bad boy American. Their epic 1980 Wimbledon final conflict – received with the aid of Borg in five units – is regularly cited as certainly one of tennis’ greatest fits, alongside the 2008 final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The resemblance between Leo and his dad, each in playing style and look, is striking.
Just like his well-known father, Borg junior is a strong athlete, with wide, muscular shoulders. Leo hits his backhand double-surpassed, nearly the identical manner as his father, who modeled the stroke at the slap shot in ice hockey, which he performed as a toddler.