In honor of Wimbledon 2015 currently in the tournament's 8th day, we dug deep in the archives for a little Grand Slam style on the court. Between 1974 - '81, Sweden's own Björn Borg was considered the #1 tennis player in the world, becoming the first male professional to win 11 Grand Slam Singles titles: Six at the French Open, and five consecutive at Wimbledon.
Since the early start of Borg's impressive career as a mere teenager, the tennis pro attracted major attention, catapulting him towards superstardom especially throughout his consistent success on the court. Because of his unwavering skill-set and heartthrob good-looks, Borg garnered tremendous endorsement deals and celebrity stature. The tennis champ can easily be noted as the cause for the professional tour to be so lucrative today, after he raked in more than 1 million dollars in a single season--the highest earner of prize money by 1979.
The constant attention and pressure on his career would come at a steep price for such elaborate fame however, causing the tennis great to literally throw in the towel; retiring at the ripe young age of just 26 years old. Borg will always be remembered for his lush, long sandy blonde hair, trademark 80's sweatband gear, his golden athletic physique and undoubtedly--his legendary, powerful groundstrokes and topspins. Apparently Borg wasn't just a wiz on the court either, once he retired the racket he set his sights on fashion, eventually becoming wildly successful with his own label in his native Sweden. Nothing but major achievements for this champion.
Björn Borg 1974, just a teen.