Written by Mats Holm and Ulf Roosvald, Björn Borg and the Super-Swedes explains how a small country with eight million inhabitants like Sweden could become the leading nation in tennis and an example to imitate worldwide. It starts with the legend of Björn Borg, the taciturn and mysterious Swede who became an icon of the ’70s and turned tennis into a global sport, and ends with the Kings of Tennis, the nostalgic senior event part of the Champions Tour held each year in Stockholm.
The 1985 Australian Open final, the first (and only, so far) all-Swedish Grand Slam final in the history of tennis, between Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander, is a prominent focus of the book. The classic Davis Cup encounters between USA and Sweden in 1982 and 1984 and the Borg-John McEnroe rivalry are also key story lines.
The book also includes off-the-court details about the players, painting a well-rounded picture of their personalities, as well as context on the politics of Sweden at the time, including the impact of the Social Democratic Party.
The perfect gift for tennis aficionados and history buffs alike!
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About the Author
Mats Holm is a Swedish journalist, lecturer, and writer who works at Fokus news magazine. The author of six books, Holm resides in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Ulf Roosvald is a Swedish journalist who is currently the editor of Göteborgs-Posten newspaper’s weekend magazine. He is the author of two other books and has been a staff member at the acclaimed Swedish soccer magazine Offside. Roosvald is the father of two and lives with his family in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Table of Contents
A New Gang In Town "If you saw this whole circus from the outside, you'd be furious." 1
From Royal Pastime to the People's Sport "He's the world's only undefeated tennis player.'Just don't beat the king' was what other players were told as they set out to play him," 22
Around The Globe in Tennis Shorts "I wasn't surprised that I lost, but that the best players were so good, they played at a level I barely knew existed." 45
Carrying Sweden on His Shoulders "Labbe always talked about how bad things were in Sweden. The taxes, the mentality, how Swedes can't do anything and don't understand anything." 67
A One-Man Team in A Collective Time "My thing was to do something on my own. I think that's what motivates every athlete in an individual sport." 86
Desire, Wins, And Wimbledon "Nastase was the favorite; me being there was more of a shocker. I know Nastase looked at it that way, too." 98
Fast Feet Versus Good Hands "Is Björn trying to psych me out or get me to relax? Or … is he just a nice guy?" 120
The Teens Who Copied Borg "Do you have some kind of laboratory for tennis machines in Sweden? Machines you put small heads on?" 147
Good Guys Always Win "I had a hell of a time against Stefan. I was annoyed because I was older and should win, and he was so damn good." 173
A Lone Wolf with His Own Tactics "Stefan had such a beautiful backhand volley, it cut like a knife. I noticed it and said to him: 'Stop playing your two-handed backhand.'" 186
When Småland Ruled The World "How can a guy who's always been a classic baseline player change his game so radically?" 206
A Crack in the Facade "There was no way I was going to play that match. I lived in America and could just escape there." 220
Artist in A Hairshirt "Your body language is so bad. It affects your game. You won't win any matches if you look like that out on the court." 235
A Salt-And-Pepper Gang In Town "Ah … these Swedes … they always beat me, I hate them." 248
ATP Rankings 1973-1996 265