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.

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Fila Bjorn Borg

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Coming soon: Top Spin 4

Update: Enter our Top Spin 4 give away!

The brand new Top Spin 4 – the latest installment of the tennis video game franchise – is releasing March, 15th 2011 in the US and March, 18th 2011 internationally, packed with exciting new features!

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Top Spin 4 features 5 of the top 10 on the ATP rankings (Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray and Roddick), as well as four of the top 10 on the WTA rankings (Wozniacki, Serena Williams, Zvonareva, Jankovic).
Every detail from their look, attitude, attributes, strengths & weaknesses and play style have been implemented in the game. Each player has signature animations for their own swings and attitude.

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Roger Federer

Serena Williams

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The first of Borg’s five consecutive Wimbledon championships: Borg defeats Nastase 6-4 6-2 9-7

Not really regarded as a classic, but nonetheless interesting, this final between the mercurial Romanian and the cool Swede marks the debut of Borg’s era at Wimbledon.

Nastase, having reached the final in 1972 and leading in their head to head was the clear favorite, but the pressure was on his shoulders: this final was seen as his last chance to win Wimbledon.

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Bjorn Borg

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On September 7, 1980, McEnroe attained glorious and Grand Slam revenge at Louis Armstrong Stadium in 5 exhilarating and draining sets against his polar opposite and favorite dueling partner, Bjorn Borg.

Borg, 24, was the dominant force in tennis, winning 3 straight French Open and 3 straight Wimbledon. He had lost only once in 1980 and was reaping 3 millions $ a year in endorsements. But he had yet to solve the US Open, having lost 2 finals to Jimmy Connors and been upset by Roscoe Tanner in 1979.

After his Wimbledon epic, however, Borg publicly declared himself ready to conquer New York. At Flushing Meadows, Borg overcame Tanner in 5 sets in the quarterfinals, then dropped 2 sets to Johan Kriek in the semies before destroying him 6-1 6-1 6-1. McEnroe, the defending champion was all that stood in his way.

McEnroe had beat up and comer Ivan Lendl in 4 sets in the quarterfinals on Thursday, 5 sets in the men’s doubles final on Friday, and on Saturday outlasted his other archrival Jimmy Connors. McEnroe emerged the victor after 4h16, with a hard fought 5th set tiebreaker.

Lefties like McEnroe had won the previous 6 US Opens, but Borg who had defeated McEnroe in 4 of their 5 previous meetings, seemed unbeatable…


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Site: USTA Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, NY
Dates: Monday, August 29 – Sunday, September 11 2011
Qualifying Matches: Begin Tuesday, Aug. 23 through Friday, August 26
Main Draw: Thursday, August 25. Main Draw begins Monday, August 29
US Open official website: http://www.usopen.org/

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Tickets:
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