HBO explores McEnroe-Borg rivalry
John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg's rivalry is the stuff of legend. Now you can go inside it like never before.
A new one-hour documentary from HBO explores one of tennis' greatest ongoing battles, debuting Saturday (10 p.m. ET/PT) and replaying all month long. Interviews with McEnroe and Borg themselves, along with Mary Carillo, Patrick McEnroe, Mike Lupica, Bud Collins and many more help highlight the complex relationship between the two men.
McEnroe, of course, was known for his fiery on-court temper. His headline-grabbing outbursts are perhaps as memorable as his fantastic career on the court. He speaks candidly about his behavior, which drew plenty of mixed reactions — particularly at the traditional, stoic All England Club, yearly site of Wimbledon.
Borg, by contrast, was the calm, reserved Swede who kept his emotions in check and ruled the court with an unparalleled self-control before abruptly retiring at the age of 26 with an astounding 11 Grand Slam titles to his name. His restrained personality defined him through it all, and it may have been his great advantage on the court.
Their classic rivalry culminated at Wimbledon in 1980, when they played a five-set final that has gone down as one of the great matches in tennis history.
The film covers many topics, including McEnroe's take on Borg's aura, Borg's own thoughts on his strengths, the antithetical differences between the two, the roles family played for both McEnroe and Borg, and much more.
Check out video clips from the documentary right here and tune in to HBO starting Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the full show. For more infomation and a complete list of all show times, click here.