Björn Borg

Today in Wimbledon History: Björn Borg Wins 1977 Men’s Singles Championship in Fila

Björn Borg is undoubtedly one of the greatest tennis players of all time, setting the bar for singles success in Grand Slam tournaments. Borg was also known for his stylish attire and “rock star” charisma, paving the way for players like Andre Agassi. Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987, Borg has won 11 Grand Slam titles, including winning both the French Open and Wimbledon on three straight occasions (a claim that can only be made by four other players in the open era).

After winning Wimbledon in 1976 without ever conceding a set, Borg faced a much bigger challenge the following year. On July 2, 1977, Björn Borg  was matched against Jimmy Connors in the men’s singles finals. Borg was pushed to five sets, eventually grasping the victory with a score of 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. Borg would go on to win the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Championship again in 1978, 1979, and 1980 for a total of five consecutive titles. He’s tied with Roger Federer for most consecutive Wimbledon wins in the open era, and also holds the distinction of having the best Wimbledon win percentage at 92.73% with an overall record of 51-4.

Björn Borg is known for his long-running loyalty to Italian brand Fila. Often fitted in the brand’s classic, clean designs, Borg wore Fila for all five of his Wimbledon wins. With the iconic F-Box logo displayed on his gear, Borg is credited for helping bring Fila to the forefront of the tennis industry during this era. Although the exact styles he wore during the ’70s are true vintage pieces today, Fila has recently released the comparable Vantaggio Jacket. Featuring classic color-blocking and a retro fit, the Fila Vanataggio Jacket will look good whether you’re headed to a Wimbledon match or just running errands. Pick it up today for $120.

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