In 1981, John McEnroe got his revenge- he defeated the stoic Bjorn Borg to win the US Open, and claim the rank of best in the world. So devastated by the defeat, and the prospect of no longer being considered best in the world, the deflated Borg retired soon after.
Tonight Tennis Hall of Famer Bjorn Borg matches up against McEnroe once again, as he fills in for the injured Jimmy Connors as part of the July 14th WTT match between the defending Easter Conference champion NY Sportimes and the Philadelphia Freedoms at Sportime Randall’s Island in Manhattan.
In 1974 Tennis great Billy Jean King, cofounded the ground-breaking World Team Tennis. WTT is tennis like you have never seen it before. It features the biggest names in the sport, competing in a unique coed team format.
The matches consist of two Co-Ed teams made up of 2 men, 2 women and a coach. WTT features on field coaching, and substitutions. Each match is 5 sets- Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
The fan friendly WTT has changed the scoring as well. Instead of the standard 15, 30, 40, love scoring, WTT scores 1, 2, 3, 4. They play no advantage scoring, so at 3 all in a game, next point wins. At 4 all in a set a 9 point tiebreaker is played, first to five points wins the game. The league plays lets, overtime and super tie breakers.
Tonight’s matchup reunites Fire and Ice and raises money to benefit the The Johnny Mac Tennis Project.
“We are elated that Bjorn answered John’s call to step in for Jimmy on what will be a fun and important night for tennis in New York,” said Claude Okin, Sportimes CEO. “The relationship that Bjorn and John have is very special. Theirs is truly one of the great rivalries in sports history, and seeing them both on court, in New York, will be a great treat for everyone there. And the funds we raise that night will be critical in helping us to assist talented young people in learning the great game of tennis in New York City.”
Tickets sold by the Project raise funds to provide scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area. Recipients will attend the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which is completing its first year at Sportime Randall’s Island.
Ticket prices for the match will be $250, $150 and $60; special VIP tickets are also available; please consult your tax advisor concerning the tax deductibility of ticket purchases. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 888‐WTT‐NYC1 or visit nysportimes.com.
Although it was the ’81 US Open that gave McEnroe the title of best in the world, it is the 1980 matchup at Wimbledon that captivated the nation. In an epic battle, McEnroe won an 18-16 tiebreaker, yet it was Borg who won the match. That match is still considered one of the best all time.
In their Hall of Fame Careers both McEnroe and Borg collected a ton of hardware. McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles titles. He won four Wimbledon championships and three U.S. Open titles. Borg won 11 Grand Slam singles titles.