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Does anyone know why Borg "quit" at a young age?

Federer said during the ceremony that he won't be like Borg and quit...does anyone here know why he quit?
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Re: Does anyone know why Borg "quit" at a young age?

It has been said that he got into his good friend Vitas Gerulaitis' jetset lifestyle, and got bored on his own rigorous athletes training regime. In a way, he simply burned out.
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Re: Does anyone know why Borg "quit" at a young age?

I frankly think it is because he lost Wimbly in 1981- but that may just be me.

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Re: Does anyone know why Borg "quit" at a young age?

He started very early, so I would imagine it's a combination of achieving so much and mental/physical burnout early which led him to stop. But I have never heard of it from Borg's perspective
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I heard he started doing drugs and almost committed suicide...
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Re: Does anyone know why Borg "quit" at a young age?

It's not uncommon for athletes who gain massive succes very early in their career to burn out early. Borg is a prime example. For longevity, I think it's best to start achieving succes when you have grown an adult frame of mind. There are obviously lots of exceptions to this though.
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It's not uncommon for athletes who gain massive succes very early in their career to burn out early
I'm trying to think of some and barely cannot (Not the great one's anyway). I consider Borg to be one of the great's but have never been too fond of him due to his early exit in tennis. Maybe Mac, Connors and that new guy Ivan were too much to bare.

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haha...I'm being serious...I actually heard this from multiple people
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Some tennis players who burned out:
-Hingis
-JMac (didn't quit, but took 6 month hiatus and never won a Slam again)
-Andrea Jaeger
-Wilander
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I heard he started doing drugs and almost committed suicide...
i heard that too... but could be just rumours...
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Re: Does anyone know why Borg "quit" at a young age?

A lot had to do with number of tournaments; Borg did not what to play the number required. He also was not excited by it anymore. It was apparent in the 1981 final that he was not as determined as usual. Lennart Bergalin noted it and John McEnroe noted it.

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A shame that Borg only played the Aussie Open once. Him, Chang, McEnroe could have won the tournament if they had played there more times.

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I heard he started doing drugs and almost committed suicide...
You also 'heard' Pete say that Roger is better than Laver, Borg, and Sampras combined, but have been unable to provide a source for that.

Does anyone have the Bud Collins Encyclopedia of Tennis handy? What does he say about Borg?

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