ATP HERITAGE PROGRAMME
ATP Heritage: Bjorn Borg, 1979-80
by ATP Staff|
On 23 August, ATP celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Emirates ATP Rankings. We continue our countdown with a look at Bjorn Borg, the 1970-80 year-end No. 1. #ATPHeritage
Borg first became No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, for one week, on 23 August 1977 at the age of 21 years, two months. He had already been a travelling pro for seven years. "I pushed myself,” said Borg. “It came from my heart, I wanted it for myself."
Borg was the year-end No. 1 in 1979 and 1980. "When you are a kid you have dreams, like winning Wimbledon, but to be No. 1, that's something different," said Borg. "I remember when I was there it was a great feeling. It is a terrific achievement; it is just so difficult to do. It was tough – very tough."
Borg quit the sport in 1981, not long after he turned 25.
Read more about Borg in "No. 1", our special commemorative coffee table book, celebrating all year-end ATP World Tour No. 1s over the past 40 years. Buy Online Through Tennis Warehouse: Europe | Outside Europe
This year, the ATP pays special tribute to 25 former World No. 1s as part of the ATP Heritage programme, marking 40 years since the ranking system was introduced in 1973.