What happened to Bjorn Borg

What happened to Bjorn Borg? Fans still ask to this day almost four decades after his shock retirement.

The Swedish former tennis player was world No. 1. He is the only Swede to win over ten majors.

Borg became the first man in the Open Era to earn 11 Grand Slam singles titles, including five consecutively at Wimbledon and six at the French Open.

He is widely considered one of the game’s all-time greats, ranked as the sixth-greatest male player of the Open Era by the Times.

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What Happened To Bjorn Borg And What Caused His Early Retirement?

Bjorg Borg announced in January 1983 that he was retiring from tennis, sending shockwaves worldwide. He was just 26.

In the previous year, he had played only one tournament, when he lost to Yannick Noah in the quarterfinals of Monte Carlo.

McEnroe tried to persuade Borg to continue but failed. Even now, four decades on, his decision to quit the game is challenging to understand.

He was fresh from winning the French Open and reaching the finals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1981.

Likewise, he had exchanged the world no. one spot with John McEnroe during the summer.

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When John McEnroe reacted to Bjorn Borg’s retirement. (Source: Sportskeeda)

However, when McEnroe beat him in New York, Borg walked off the court, and something had died. One of the world’s great players then hung up his rackets with 11 Grand Slam titles.

According to an Independent piece, the best explanation is that Borg just lost motivation.

He had been on the court from 14, dedicating himself to the game as he humanly could. Without the right drive and motivation, there was no point in continuing.

It was all or nothing for Borg, and nothing meant forgetting about tennis and seeing what else life had to offer.

Bjorn Borg Life After Retirement

Besides a brief and unsuccessful comeback in 1991, Borg never returned to playing tennis.

The former no. 1 was married and divorced two times, fathered a child with a teenage mom he met in a wet T-shirt contest, and had a business that collapsed into bankruptcy.

Although he was alleged to have attempted suicide, he has always insisted it was food poisoning scandalously reported.

Borg shared, “When I retired, I tried other things, negative and positive, but just try to learn things about life.”

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Bjorn Borg with his son, Leo Borg. (Source: Quora)

Even after retiring, Borg exercised daily and played ice hockey, soccer or ran. He hopes to live for 150 years and always stay in good shape.

Upon retirement, he lived comfortably with his three residences: a penthouse in Monte Carlo, a mansion on Long Island, and a tiny island off the Swedish coast.

Borg bounced back as he became a commentator and also launched the Björn Borg fashion label. His label was a sensation in Sweden, second only to Calvin Klein.

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Björn Borg Family Background Explored

Björn Rune Borg was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to his parents, Rune (1932–2008) Borg, an electrician, and Margaretha Borg (b. 1934).

He is the only child in his family and has no siblings. Born on June 6, 1956, Borg is currently 67 years old, and his birth sign is Gemini.

Borg grew up near Södertälje, fascinated with a golden tennis racket his dad won at a table tennis tournament. He started his tennis career with that racket.

Bjorn Borg has been married thrice and has two children.

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Bjorn Borg with his current wife, Patricia Ostfeldt, at the French Open at Roland Garros. (Source: CNN)

He first married Romanian tennis pro Mariana Simionescu in 1980, around four years after they began their relationship. The two, who married in Bucharest on July 24, 1980, called it quits in 1984.

Borg later fathered a son named Robin with Swedish model Jannike Björling in 1985. He became a grandfather when Robin had a daughter in 2014.

The tennis pro had his second marriage with Italian singer Loredana Bertè from 1989 to 1993.

A decade later, in June 2002, Borg married his third wife, Patricia Östfeld. The couple has a 20-year-old son, Leo, who is also a professional tennis player.

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