Leo Borg, Bjorn Borg’s son kept his family name high at the All England Club as he won his opening round match in the Junior Singles on his Wimbledon debut. Bjorn won one of his five Wimbledon titles 45 years ago and Leo made sure he would continue his legacy. He beat Serb Marko Topo in three sets 6-3,6-7,6-0 and will now face Vojtech Petr in the second round on Thursday.
Bjorn Borg won the juniors tournament at Wimbledon in 1972 before winning five successive men’s titles from 1976 to 1980. The only father-son duo to have won the juniors at Wimbledon are India’s Ramanathan Krishnan, who won in 1954 after which his son Ramesh Krishnan lifted the trophy in 1979.
“I know my dad played here so many times and won the title,” Leo Borg said. “So it was very special to get out there and feeling that maybe one day I’m getting there, the same as my dad.”
Bjorn also gave his son some piece of advice before the match. “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.”
He said: “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.”
Leo Borg reached the Round of 16 at the French Open
Last month, Leo Borg made his grand slam debut in the juniors at the French Open where he managed to reach the Round of 16. He got the better of Max Westphal and Max Hans Rehberg in the opening rounds before losing to top seed Shang Juncheng in three sets.
“I was having a hard time when I was a little bit younger to know it was people following me outside the courts and I was not used to that, but I’m getting used to it and I can control it more,” Borg said during the French Open. “I just have to control it because it’s going to be following me all my tennis career. It doesn’t bother me. I’m just focusing on my goal and my tennis.”