Bjorn again! Borg’s 18-year-old son Leo wins Wimbledon debut in junior men’s singles… 41 YEARS to the day since his father won last title at All England Club
- The son of tennis icon Bjorn Borg made his Wimbledon juniors debut on Monday
- Leo Borg, 18, made a winning start to prove tennis talents run in the family
- The Borg youngster won his debut against Serbian Marko Topo 6-3, 6-7, 6-0
Pictured side-by-side, these two images might for a second make you think you are seeing double.
But more than four decades separate these almost identical pictures of tennis legend Bjon Borg and his son Leo competing at Wimbledon.
Yesterday, Leo, 18, beat Serbian youngster Marko Topo 6-3, 6-7, 6-0 in the first round of the boys’ competition – 41 years to the day since his father won the last of his five SW19 titles.
‘It’s always special to be at Wimbledon, my dad played here so many times and won many titles,’ he said.
Like father like son: Pictured left: Leo Borg makes his debut in the juniors at Wimbledon yesterday. Pictured right: Bjon Borg during Wimbledon in 1977
Bjorn Borg’s son, Leo, made a winning start to Wimbledon’s juniors competition on Monday
On his debut at SW19, Borg Jnr held his nerve to win a competitive three-set contest
Bjorg Snr is an icon at Wimbledon and finished his career with five Slam titles at SW19
‘It’s very special for me. Maybe one day I’m getting there the same as my dad.
‘We talked before the match, he was just saying ‘good luck’, he lets my coach do the coaching stuff. So he just said ‘it’s always special to play at Wimbledon, so enjoy it’.’
Borg insists he does not feel the pressure of trying to follow in such illustrious footsteps.
Victory for Leo came 41 years to the day since his father won the last of his Wimbledon titles
The 18-year-old insists he does not feel added pressure given the family name in the sport
‘No, I don’t think about it,’ he added. ‘I just do my own stuff and go down my own path.
‘My goal is to be a professional tennis player, to play at high levels. It’s tough to get there but I’m doing my best.
‘That’s my dream, to play the big guys and to play for big titles. If I work hard maybe one day I’ll get there.’