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Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and Tennis’ Fiercest Rivalry

Monday, August 22, 2011

Stephen Tignor, Executive Editor of Tennis magazine, talks about the golden age of tennis in the 1970s. In High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Untold Story of Tennis’ Fiercest Rivalry, he writes of the 1981 U.S. Open final, when the Swede Bjorn Borg lost to his brash young rival, John McEnroe, bringing about the end of an era. Tignor chronicles the lives and careers of the players who made those days of tennis so memorable—Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ilie Nastase, Vitas Gerulaitis, and Ivan Lendl.

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Comments [6]

MichaelB from Morningside Heights

That's a great point comparing aluminum bats with the post-wooden rackets in tennis.

In baseball, it changes the entire dynamic between the pitcher & batter: pitching inside, in on the hands -- sawing the bat off in the batter's hands -- becomes a moot strategy. Wooden bats break, if the ball hits the right place on them and that's a HUGE distinction.

Aug. 22 2011 01:57 PM
Bob from Queens

No, McEnroe is much beloved by NY tennis fans. I was in the Louis Armstrong Tennis Stadium two years ago when McEnroe had to walk through part of the stadium to get to the announcer's booth. "Hey, it's Johnny Mac," some guy shouted and the the place went crazy as everyone stopped watching the game in progress and cheered McEnroe as he exchanged high fives all the way to the booth.

Aug. 22 2011 01:55 PM
barent

@carolita,i hear ya',but, people have the right, to talk about whatever they want to talk about,no? if your topic,does not turn them on, then they don't owe it to you,myself, or anyone else, to write about it.

Aug. 22 2011 01:52 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Simply put, McEnroe acted like an obnoxious spoiled brat. Why beat around the bush about this?

The fact that Nike used his persona to sell product, doesn't excuse his behavior.

Aug. 22 2011 01:50 PM
carolita from NYC

hey, I'm not even a tennis fan but I'm wondering when I'm going to hear about a WOMAN tennis player? Hello? Women play tennis too! There were rivalries between women tennis players, too, I'm quite sure.

Aug. 22 2011 01:42 PM
barent

the williams sisters could bring us everlasting world peace,and they still would not get a number one tennis ranking.

Aug. 22 2011 01:32 PM

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