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60 Rare Historical Photos That You Probably Haven't Seen Before

Uncategorized | January 16, 2019

Tennis rivals Björn Borg and John McEnroe, 1981.

Source: Reddit

John McEnroe and Sweden's Bjorn Borg were intense tennis rivals in the early 80s. And the two couldn't be more different. McEnroe was a hot-headed tennis brat and Borg always kept Zen cool and calm. Borg and McEnroe played 16 times against each other.

Said McEnroe:

"When I beat Borg in the 1981 Wimbledon final it seemed like he was a little bit relieved as his enormous success had created this intense pressure. When I faced him at the US Open a couple of months later it was almost as if he’d emotionally lost his edge, like he didn’t want to be there."

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