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Nov/20

9

Golden Age Of Tennis

Did you know there is a company which has created throwback attire from the 80s era? Yes, you can purchase the classic iconic Fila, Sergio Tacchini, Ellesse outfits of Borg, Vilas, McEnroe, etc. The companies have re-created the original designs and tennis coach/entrepreneur Jay Henley sells them from his web site www.goldenageoftennis.com I wrote these […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/20

24

Facing Greatness: Hans Gildemeister

In our new series, former ATP no. 12, winner of four ATP singles titles (23 in doubles), and Roland Garros doubles finalist Hans Gildemeister discusses what he remembers to be the two best performances that were ever played against him. “Roland Garros quarterfinal 1978 against Vilas, lost 6-3 in the fifth set (64 26 61 […] Continue to read full article...

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Apr/20

9

Book Excerpt: Facing Guillermo Vilas

I remember when I decided to start working on a Facing Guillermo Vilas project – Miami Open at the Key Biscayne site, just outside the main stadium. Two years ago. I remember it was morning, early in the day. Gosh, the memories of just being on the grounds at Crandon Park are uplifting. What a […] Continue to read full article...

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Aug/18

7

The Super Swedes

Björn Borg was often described as quiet and mysterious, rarely showing any emotions at all on the courts. He also managed to turn tennis into a global popular spectacle and became one of the 1970s greatest icons, even in his home country, easily recognizable with his long hair and headband. He won the Wimbledon junior championship in 1972 and turned professional soon after. Two years later he won his first Grand Slam title at the French Open, a feat he would go on to repeat a further four times. His first win at Wimbledon was in 1976, not dropping a set against Ilie Năstase, and he would go on to become the consecutive Men’s Singles Champion at this British Grand Slam for a further four years. However, despite being a four-time finalist at the US Open (in 1976, 78, 80 and 81) Borg would never secure a victory in this hard court Slam. Come 1981, the world waited with baited breath as he squared off again against John McEnroe at Wimbledon, but this time the match wasn’t in his favour and the loss signaled the start of the downturn of his career. Continue to read full article...

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