The Museum holds personal collections of equipment, dress and archive material relating to Wimbledon champions, pioneer players and stars of the court from each generation. This collection is continually updated with new material from competitors on the current professional circuit.

If you enjoy tennis, history of tennis and want to know more about Wimbledon behind the scenes, a visit to the Wimbledon Museum is a must-do. You can also take a Wimbledon guided tour, read my recap here.

A few pics of the player memorabilia collection.

Wimbledon Museum

Outfit worn by Bjorn Borg when he won his fifth consecutive Wimbledon victory in 1980: close-fitting Fila shirt, short shorts, headband, wristband, socks and Diadora shoes.

Wimbledon Museum

Wimbledon Museum
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Borg, McEnroe Wimbledon 1981

I had been famous for a few years now, but Wimbledon in ’81 is where I became infamous.

John McEnroe

Excerpts from McEnroe‘s autobiography, Serious:

“I was unbelievably tense at Wimbledon in 1981 because I knew, after beating Borg at the Open, that I could win it, should win it, would win it – unless disaster struck.
Well, disaster did strike, and kept striking, round after round, and somehow I kept getting through – endearing myself to nobody in the process.

It began at the beginning.

Although this was to become one of my famous matches, I’m positive almost nobody remembers who I played, and when I played it: Tom Gullikson, first round, Wimbledon 1981. Court One.

I had behaved badly at Wimbledon before. I was already Super Brat. Now I upped the ante. Tom could be a pretty tough opponent on grass, but i had a much tougher adversary out there that day. Even though I would eventually win in straight sets 7-6 7-5 6-3, I just couldn’t rest easy when I got ahead: the devils were crawling all over my brain that afternoon. When Gullikson went ahead 4-3 in the second set on a miserable line call, I smashed my Wilson Pro Staff racket, and James issued me a warning. And later, when a linesman called a serve deep that I had clearly seen throw up a spray of chalk, I threw my new racket and gave a scream that came straight from Queens – but that has traveled very far in the years since.”

Man, you cannot be serious!

[youtube width=”480″ height=”385″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekQ_Ja02gTY[/youtube]

You guys are the absolute pits of the world.

The umpire understood “You guys are the piss of the world” and gave Mac a point penalty. McEnroe demanded to see the referee, and yelled:

We’re not going to have a point taken away because this guy is an incompetent fool!

After the match, McEnroe was fined $750 for the obscenity, $750 for an unsportsmanlike comment about the umpire, and threatened with an additional 10000 fine and suspension from the tournament.

And I want you to understand: I felt terrible. I’ve felt awful virtually every time I’ve had one of my on-court meldowns.

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Bjorn loves John

One was calm and collected.
One was fierce and furious.
Together, they changed tennis forever.

Björn <3 John is a limited edition underwear collection celebrating the single greatest duo in sports history.

With double designs and part of the proceeds going straight to charity, Björn Borg and John McEnroe team up in the Swedish Underwear Liberation.

Four different skivvy styles will make up the collection, two of which are designed by Borg and two by McEnroe. The collection is inspired by the ’80s, better known as the golden age of tennis. Among the collection will be 100 pieces of extra limited edition underwear. Featuring the real signatures of Borg and McEnroe, they’ll be randomly sold at Bjorn Borg retailers around the world.
Pre-order on bjornborg.com

A nice way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their last Wimbledon clash.

Bjorn Borg – calm and collected

John McEnroe – fierce and furious

Thirty years ago, Swedish Legend Bjorn Borg captured his last Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, defeating Ivan Lendl in final. You can’t buy Borg’s talent but at least you can buy his shoes.

The Borg Original is a re-issue of Diadora‘s best selling classic from the 80’s, as made popular by Bjorn Borg. They come in a clean white leather upper with contrasting Diadora logo’s on the sides, a Ghilly lacing system and a leather tongue.

Diadora Borg Original
Diadora Borg Original

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Made in Italy: Diadora

This article is part of our Italian Week on Tennis Buzz.

Unlike other italian brands Fila, Sergio Tacchini and ellesse, Diadora is much more known for his footwear than its clothing, and although Grand Slam champions Pat Cash, Gustavo Kuerten, Jim Courier, Jennifer Capriati and Yevgeny Kafelnikov wore Diadora, the brand will be forever tied to legend Bjorn Borg.

With their Bjorn Borg Elite, Diadora ensured their place in fashion as well as sporting history.
Made of kangaroo leather, the shoes came with a special bag that had Borg’s face on it.

Diadora Borg Elite

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Made in Italy: Fila

This article is part of our Italian Week on Tennis Buzz.

Extract of John McEnroe’s autobiography, Serious:

The first time I ever saw Borg, I was a ballboy for him.
He would have been 15 or 16, I was 12 or 13. I thought he was incredible-looking – the long hair, the headband, that little bit of scruff on his face that he’d get from not shaving for a couple of weeks.
And the Fila outfit – the tight shirts and short shorts… I loved that stuff! I would have trade anything, back then, to get a Fila striped shirt; a jacket was a big deal. (As a matter of fact, I did once trade about half the contents of my suitcase for a Fila jacket, and it almost fit!)

The cooperation of Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg, and Fila is one of the most famous and successful chapters of Tennis fashion history. Some of those clothes belong to the most beautiful tennis and lifestyle wear ever created. Borg was well known for his signature look of an on court polo and a post match zip jacket that blended a classic look with strong 70’s styling.

Bjorn Borg

Fila Bjorn Borg

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