Bjorn Borg

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 Novak Djokovic kisses the winner’s trophy after beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini during their men’s singles final at  Wimbledon. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP

The Big Three now have 20 apiece. It is a development that would have seemed unlikely to Novak Djokovic as he made his way onto the tour in the 2000s (...)

 Novak Djokovic  celebrates during his  quarter-final match against Marton Fucsovics at Wimbledon. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

From the very moment that all eyes and attention switched from Novak Djokovic’s historic second French Open title to the fortnight of Wimbledon to fol(...)

 Leo Borg of Sweden plays a forehand in his boys’ singles first round match against Marko Topo of Serbia at Wimbledon. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Leo Borg’s dreams of following in the imposing footsteps of his legendary father got off to a quietly impressive start in front of 68 people on Court (...)

Ireland’s   CJ Stander embraces his wife, Jean-Marie,  at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in November  2018. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Something unusual happened this week. An athlete, central to his team and still performing at international level, chose to walk away from a sport he (...)

Robin Soderling of Sweden salutes the fans after beating Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Martina Navratilova, commentating for television at the time, described it “as one of the greatest upsets in Grand Slam history,” as she struggled to (...)

In 1980 Muhammad Ali fought Larry Holmes for the WBC belt in an attempt to win the heavyweight championship a fourth time at 38, but it was not to be. File photograph: The Irish Times

Well, ho hum, yes, it nearly is always the boxers isn’t it. Sugar Ray Leonard, who dominated four weight divisions and was king of comebacks, tried it(...)

 An aerial photograph  shows a general view of The All England Lawn Tennis Club  on the fourth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. Photograph: Thomas Lovelock/AFP via Getty Images

They say Wimbledon is timeless. Yet, each year as you pass through the gates on Church Road and sweep up past the bronze statue of Fred Perry it has c(...)

George Best celebrates scoring Manchester United’s second goal during the 1968 European Cup Final against Benfica at Wembley. Photograph:   Popperfoto/Getty Images

Maybe the price sports writing pays for daily beat writers whose job is volume and speed as much as reflection is that points of difference between va(...)

Björn Borg sinks to his knees after winning the 1980 Wimbledon men’s singles final against John McEnroe.  Photograph: Getty Images

An allegiance to Björn Borg in the 1980 Wimbledon men’s singles final came about in circuitous fashion. He wasn’t the primary object of my childhood a(...)

Julie Cox with her mother Jill Cox outside the Beaufield Mews Restaurant,  Stillorgan, Co Dublin in 2001. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Beaufield Mews restaurant in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, is to close its doors for the last time at the end of this month bringing an end to service af(...)

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