tommo27
 
Reply Thu 5 Jul, 2007 04:06 pm
why did bjorn borg never bother with the australian open tennis,he only played there once,mcenroe was`nt to much in attendance either,why???
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shepaints
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jul, 2007 06:39 pm
I don't know why.

I attended an exhibition game in Toronto in the '80's....the iceman
vs the brat McEnroe. Whattagame! Bjorn's cool on the tennis court
was legendary.

Later, at a gala dinner honouring the two, I sat in anticipation of
meeting Bjorn. His infant son and mother proved too much of a
distraction. Long after the dinner had ended, when I had given up hope of seeing Bjorn, he showed up.

I shook his hand and looked him in the eye across the table and have never been the same since.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jul, 2007 06:45 pm
I thought he was cool too. I don't remember the whys and wherefores of his match choices at this point.
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shepaints
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jul, 2007 07:20 pm
From Wikipedia:

Borg never won either the U.S. Open or the Australian Open, losing in the final at the U.S. Open four times. The only players to defeat Borg in a Grand Slam final were fellow World No. 1 tennis greats John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Borg chose to make the journey to the Australian Open only once, in 1974, where he lost in the third round. Borg has stated publicly that he would have attempted to complete the calendar year Grand Slam and played in the Australian Open had he succeeded in winning the first three Grand Slam tournaments of the year,[citation needed] which he never did. (During Borg's career, the Australian Open was the last Grand Slam tournament of each year.)
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 8 Jul, 2007 12:58 pm
Hmmmm, he's still a cutie -

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/07/08/sports/08cnd-men_bjorg.jpg
image from nytimes.com report on Federer winning over Nadal today
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 8 Jul, 2007 01:08 pm
When watching him on tv today .... well, he became older like all of us :wink:
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