Pictured side-by-side, these two pictures may make you suppose you’re seeing double.
However greater than 4 many years separate these nearly equivalent footage of tennis legend Bjon Borg and his son Leo competing at Wimbledon.
Yesterday, Leo, 18, beat Serbian teen Marko Topo 6-3, 6-7, 6-0 within the first spherical of the boys’ competitors.
The match came about 41 years to the day since his father gained the final of his 5 SW19 titles.
‘It’s at all times particular to be at Wimbledon, my dad performed right here so many instances and gained many titles,’ he stated.
Like father like son: Pictured left: Leo Borg makes his debut within the juniors at Wimbledon yesterday. Pictured proper: Bjon Borg throughout Wimbledon in 1977
Bjorn Borg’s son, Leo, made a successful begin to Wimbledon’s juniors competitors on Monday
Bjorg Snr is an icon at Wimbledon and completed his profession with 5 Slam titles at SW19
‘It’s very particular for me. Perhaps at some point I’m getting there the identical as my dad.
‘We talked earlier than the match, he was simply saying ‘good luck’, he lets my coach do the teaching stuff. So he simply stated ‘it’s at all times particular to play at Wimbledon, so get pleasure from it’.’
Borg insists he doesn’t really feel the stress of attempting to observe in such illustrious footsteps.
‘No, I don’t give it some thought,’ he added. ‘I simply do my very own stuff and go down my very own path.
‘My purpose is to be knowledgeable tennis participant, to play at excessive ranges. It’s robust to get there however I’m doing my greatest.
‘That’s my dream, to play the massive guys and to play for giant titles. If I work exhausting perhaps at some point I’ll get there.’
Victory for Leo got here 41 years to the day since his father gained the final of his Wimbledon titles
The 18-year-old insists he doesn’t really feel added stress given the household title within the sport
His father, now 65, gained 11 grand slam titles over a brief however candy 10 12 months profession.
He made his Davis Cup debut at simply 15, earlier than successful his first grand slam at 18, triumphing within the French Open.
After retaining his French Open title the next 12 months, Bjorn would win his first Wimbledon title in 1976.
He would go on to win 5 Wimbledon titles, and go on to look in six consecutive Wimbledon finals – a file later crushed by Roger Federer.
As a teenage sensation, Bjorn attracted then-unprecedented stardom. However the stress and a focus quickly advised and he determined to retire, aged 26.
His son Leo’s place is considerably completely different. Having solely begun coaching in earnest at 14, Leo is at the moment ranked 2,090th on this planet.
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