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Examining Borg's Comeback

At age 35, after having retired for a few years, Bjorn Borg attempted a comeback. It was not pretty. Here is the list of matches he played, opponents, and outcomes by year.

1991

Jordi Arrese L 2-6, 3-6

1992

Olivier Delaitre L 5-7, 2-6
Wayne Ferreira L 6-7, 2-6
Goran Prpic L 1-6, 0-6
Thomas Hogstedt L 4-6, 6-7
Chris Pridham L 4-6, 2-6
Andrei Medvedev L 2-6, 2-6
Nicklas Kulti L 2-6, 1-6
Lionel Roux L 0-6, 4-6

1993

James Oncins L 4-6, 7-6, 4-6
Joao Cunha-Silva L 1-6, 7-5, 5-7
Alexander Volkov L 6-4, 3-6, 6-7

In this span of three years Borg won only three sets total in the 12 matches. The highest ranking he attained during this time was 762. It is amazing to consider that even with this dreadful comeback netting him a record of 0-12, he still has one of the highest--maybe the highest--career winning percentages in the game.
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It is amazing to consider that even with this dreadful comeback netting him a record of 0-12, he still has one of the highest--maybe the highest--career winning percentages in the game.
This doesnt compensate for him retiring at his peak at 25 and not after a normal decline at say 35.

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Cool info. But I remember someone telling me, that when he came back he was still using an wood racket whereas other players were starting to use graphite rackets which put Borg at a huge disadvantage. Is this true?

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Cool info. But I remember someone telling me, that when he came back he was still using an wood racket whereas other players were starting to use graphite rackets which put Borg at a huge disadvantage. Is this true?
Yup he used wooden rackets still.
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Yup he used wooden rackets still.
So I guess that could partly explain his failed attempt at a comeback?

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Yup he used wooden rackets still.
He used graphite rackets in the late 80's and mid 90's but the wooden rackets for his actual comeback in the early 90's.

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What level of tournaments where these matches held at?

The equivalent of ATP250s?
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So I guess that could partly explain his failed attempt at a comeback?
He didn't also play for around 6-7 years before his comeback, like no tennis at all. He tried the new rackets but was hitting the ball too hard, he didn't try to compensate at all.
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He used graphite rackets in the late 80's and mid 90's but the wooden rackets for his actual comeback in the early 90's.
He treid graphite in exhibitions before his actual comeback. Wooden when he came back and used the modern racket when he joined the champions.
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He didn't also play for around 6-7 years before his comeback, like no tennis at all. He tried the new rackets but was hitting the ball too hard, he didn't try to compensate at all.
Interesting stuff there. It'd probably be impossible to do anything big on tour in the 90's with a wooden racket

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Borg was so GOAT he could win sets with his wooden racket.

He clearly was embarrassed at his obscene W% and wanted to bring it down.

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His 608-127 on ATP is wrong, they left out some Davis Cup wins he had

Shame he lost 14 str8 matches from 1983. 'til end

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Re: Examining Borg's Comeback

it wasnt a comeback

there was no legends tour and borg just wanted to play again

maybe he fell back in love with tennis

using a wood racquet pretty much confirms that- had he been truly serious he would have used graphite

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Clearly having your stomach pumped is not better than tennis......

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off topic response but i just saw borgs peak matches again and man it is so hard to get a ball pass this guy. baseline, net, any corner, there is a reason why he was undefeated for both paris and wimbledon for such a long time. my goodness he was a wall

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