Bjorn Borg, the 20-year-old Swedish tennis professional, won his third successive U.S. Pro Tennis Championship?
Bjorn Borg, the 20-year-old Swedish tennis professional, won his third successive U.S. Pro Tennis Championship 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Monday (230 August). His win came after a strong challenge from U.S. player, Harold Solomon.
SYNOPSIS: The seventh game in the first set with Solomon leading four games to three. At this stage he was lobbing balls with precision and went on to take the set 6-7.
Borg serving for his final point to take the second set 6-4. Prior to the tournament Borg had a six week rest after winning the Wimbledon title in England in July.
Solomon serves in the sixth game of the fourth set. Borg was leading 3-2. He wins the point and game, 4-2. Borg ahead two sets to one.
The seventh game in the fourth set. Solomon serves. The 7600 fans still were not sure Borg would go on to win the title.
The eighth game and Solomon serves again. Throughout the match he'd worried Borg with high lobbing returns which he calls his "moon balls".
Solomon serves in the final game of the fourth set with Borg ahead.
But its all over fore Solomon. Borg wins the U.S. Pro Championship 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.
For Borg it meant prize money totalling 25,000 U.S. dollars (GBP 14,204 pounds sterling). It was also a warm-up for the Forest Hills Tournament which started the next day (31 August) and in which he was number two seed to Jimmy Connors.