“I had a hard time when I was a little younger. People followed me on the track and I was not used to it. I just have to control it, because it will follow me throughout my tennis career, but it doesn’t bother me. I’m just concentrating on my goal and my tennis. ” They are words of Leo Borg on the website of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It is not easy to get around a sport in which your father is a myth.
Since he was a child he draws attention to his surname Is son of Bjorn borg, six-time champion at Roland Garros, where he won 49 of 51 games. He dominated in 1974 and 1975, from 1978 to 1981. After his last title, he did not return. He retired early and his attempt to return to professionals later ended in failure. He was the king of the land until Rafael Nadal broke all records.
He turned 65 on the Sunday of the competition’s premiere in Paris. “It comes on Thursday. Hopefully he is still in the tournament. I want him to see me play, but I can’t promise to stay in the tournament, ”explains Leo.
Aged 18, number 23 in the world rankings for his age category, he has managed to make a Borg win again in Paris. “My father always talked about Roland Garros, how incredible it is and how incredible the club is, and now I know that the club is incredible and the crowd is incredible. It’s a really cool feeling that I’ve never felt before, ”says Leo.
He made his debut with a victory over Frenchman Max Westphal 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4. In the second round he eliminated the German Max Hans Rehberg by 1-6, 7-6 (5) and 6-3. This Wednesday, cross with the first seed of the box, the Chinese Juncheng shang. In these eighths there are two Spaniards, the Avila Dani Rincon and the Madrilenian Dani Merida.
Borg signed for the Rafa Nadal Academy of Manacor
, but the coronavirus made him prefer to settle in the Royal Tennis of his country.
His last name allowed him to make his professional debut directly at an ATP Challenger in Bergamo before the pandemic. They lost to Chun-hsing Tseng 3-6 and 1-6. It did not do better in other tournaments of this category (Second Division) or in ITF (Third). 0-5 balance.
The tournament Marbella He was granted an invitation to the qualifying phase this season, falling 1-6 and 0-6 against Russian Evgeny Donskoy.
It is 2,062 in the ATP world rankings. It is part of the 2003 vintage, the same as the Murcian Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image, who got into the third round of the absolute from the previous phase and who has already entered the top-100 of the best.
The only message that I have received from his father, says Leo, is “to have all the aspects of my life organized.”