You can’t be critical! One of the fiercest rivalries in sport seems to have turn into a love match. Bjorn Borg, 66, and John McEnroe, 63, received collectively to recreate the scene from a recreation that reversed their fortunes 4 many years in the past.
In tracksuit tops mirroring these they wore in 1981 when McEnroe, then 22, unseated 25-year-old 5 occasions Wimbledon champion Borg, they returned to Centre Court.
McEnroe even donned a pink sweat band to finish the image.
The rivalry of ice-cool Swede Borg and loud-mouthed American McEnroe had as a lot to do with their personalities as their want to win.
But the competition between them is not fairly over.
They paired up whereas in London to captain rival sides within the Laver Cup at London’s O2 Arena.
Borg heads Team Europe, whereas McEnroe runs Team World within the three-day occasion, which begins right now.
The well-known double act got here face to face 14 occasions between 1978 and 1981.
In tracksuit tops mirroring these they wore in 1981 when John McEnroe (proper), then 22, unseated 25-year-old 5 occasions Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg (left), they returned to Centre Court.
Bjorn Borg of Sweden (left) and John McEnroe of the United States stand collectively on Centre Court previous to competing within the Men’s Singles Final on the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in 1981
In the summer season of 1980 Borg was 24 and dominated the tennis scene, having fun with a 4 12 months reign on the Championships.
But one factor stood in his method, 21-year-old McEnroe showing for the primary time within the SW19 last after having gained his first Grand Slam on the US Open.
Tennis golden boy Bjorn’s successful streak was virtually instantly thrown into doubt with McEnroe cruising by the primary set.
But Borg managed to battle again and took management of the match by successful the subsequent two units In the fourth set, he noticed McEnroe save two match factors with diving volleys.
The last was already destined to be probably the most memorable for years, however what got here subsequent was the well-known Borg-McEnroe fourth set tie-break which made historical past.
It was to vary over 22 minutes, produce 34 contested factors – a document for a Wimbledon last – and from begin to end produced second after second of fixing fortunes.
McEnroe saved 5 championship factors earlier than finally taking it 18-16 however the exhausted younger star could not maintain on within the fifth set.
Borg was finally topped Champion by 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 – his fifth and final Wimbledon title.
A 12 months later McEnroe would have fun his first SW19 singles triumph in defeating the Swede over 4 units.
He ended the tennis hero’s 41 match-winning streak in probably the most memorable vogue.
Before play even started, McEnroe had criticised the climate, the grass courts, the officiating, and concluded: ‘There’s nothing championship about this match besides its status.’
Turning the tables on his rival he produced 64 winners to Borg’s 47, 23 of them in a single set, and got here by 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 to dethrone the mighty Swede.