New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980. First Edition. Octavo. (24cm x 17 cm.) 184 pp. ills. Half green cloth, blue cloth spine. Titles in white on front boards and spine. Photo-illustrated wrappers. Inscribed by the subject on front free endpaper. Very mild edgewear to dust jacket. Near Fine. Item #117
If King Arthur had tennis players instead of Knights at his round table, Bjorn Borg was Lancelot. His skill was phenomenal. Millions of dollars in prize money and endorsements made him shine but he remained a player that balanced talent with integrity.The quiet, shy Swedish born tennis phenomenon had flashier rivals including, Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitus and, most famously, the outspoken, fast talking, John McEnroe. Borg was the first in men's tennis to win 11 Grand Slam singles (1974 to 1981) and was the number one player in the world for four consecutive years. (A feat only recently shared by Roger Federer.) Borg was known for his unusal style of playing from the baseline, and his idiosyncratic backhand and impreccable aim. His reserved personality belied his fierceness as a tennis player, often allowing his more extroverted opponents the spotlight - until they lost to him. This book is warmly inscribed, in English, by Bjorn Borg to T. Walker Lloyd, a legendary executive at Rolex and developer of the Sea-Dweller watch.