Tennis Great Bjorn Borg Opens Up on His Son Leo Borg’s Debut on ATP Tour

Published 11/08/2021, 7:00 AM EST
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Captains Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe enjoy a moment before the last match between Alexander Zverev of Team Europe and Milos Raonic of Team World during Day Three of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 22, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)


Former tennis player Bjorn Borg has been a great role model for multiple decades. The manner in which he dominated tennis on the clay courts as well as the hard courts during the 70s era was phenomenal. If not for early retirement, he could’ve won many more grand slams.

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However, the time has passed and it is Bjorn Borg’s son Leo Borg who has emerged in the men’s game now. At the moment, the Stockholm Open 2021 is underway and Leo competed in his maiden official ATP tournament there. Sadly, he lost the match to Tommy Paul.

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Bjorn Borg was content with his son’s appearance 

His father, Bjorn was obviously proud of this development and he shared his thoughts on it. The 65-YO legend exclaimed, “It feels awesome, as we all know Stockholm Open is an important competition. Not only for Swedish tennis but also across the world. Look at this year’s line-up, it has a lot of good players. It was fun to watch Leo play. What an opportunity that he entered the main draw.”

The former World No. 1 player was happy with his son’s performance despite his loss. The more Leo plays against the top players in the game, the better it would be for him in the long run. At the end of the day, Bjorn was proud of the activities over the past couple of days. 

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Notably, the 18-YO lost the round of 32, 4-6, 2-6, to Australian Tommy Paul, who has an ATP rank of #52. This loss came as a second major one for the Swedish, as he last saw elimination in the first round of US Open Juniors.

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Sep 26, 2021; Boston, MA, USA; Rod Laver (left) and Team Europe Captain Bjorn Borg (right) with the Cup after Team Europe beat Team World 14-1 at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Richard Cashin-USA TODAY Sports

The 11-time Grand Slam winner further stated, “It was fun to watch him play against Tommy Paul. And I think he gave a very good performance. Of course, there will be a difference when one guy is ranked 50 in the world.” Currently, Leo is ranked #2146 in the ATP and hence it was certainly a tough match for him.

“But it’s very important for him and a good experience to compete against these players. Proud dad, he played well, it was fun to watch him play here. His first match on the ATP Tour and to play the Stockholm Open,” concluded the icon of Tennis.

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The Stockholm Open 2021 is going on from the 6th of November and will end on November 13th. Players such as Andy Murray, Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger Aliassime are part of this event. We wish all players the best of luck and may the better player win. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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