‘Tennis is a big money sport’ – ‘Ice-Man’ Bjorn Borg was once amazed to see ‘crazy’ parents pressuring kids into playing the sport

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Bjorn Borg, the Swedish tennis veteran, is among those who have taken tennis to a whole new level. He laid the foundation for extraordinary records, which later professionals like Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi took forward. In this generation, the three great players, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, have taken over.

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He saw all these actors emerge and impose themselves. Therefore, it won’t be wrong to say that the Borg, from experience and seeing all the other mage players, have developed an understanding of the proper way to handle young talent. The aspect that many parents miss and because of which they ruin the future of their children.

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Bjorn Borg shares his disbelief

In 2016, during an interview with CNN, the 11-time Grand Slam champion shared his concerns about the mistreatment of junior tennis players. “When we travel to Sweden, we see all these crazy parents. I mean, it’s amazing,” he said.

Björn Borg at his peak

Borg continued“Even in our time it was the parents who were a little crazy in a way, but today it’s unbelievable… It’s shocking.” Subsequently, Borg whose son, Loe Borg, was playing under 14 for Sweden’s prestigious Royal Lawn Club at the time, came to a conclusion. “I think it’s because tennis is a sport that involves a lot of money and sometimes kids don’t want to play.”

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“It’s as if the parents were pushing them to do something they didn’t want to do.” Speaking of Borg, his journey began with a fascination. He was staring at a golden tennis racket his father had won in a table tennis tournament. As soon as his father passed custody of the racket, the legend’s tennis career began.

Folders that Borg marked under his name

Now 66 years old, turned pro in 1973, and won the world No. 1 crown, in just four years of touring. Borg has won four straight French Open titles and appeared in six consecutive Wimbledon finals. Moreover, he fought for Roland-Garros, Wimbledonand US Open trophies in the same year three times from 1978 to 1981.

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He amassed a stack of 66 singles trophies and became the first Open Era player to win 11 Grand Slam titles. Borg was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987 and currently serves as captain of the European Laver Cup team.

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