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Tennis legends John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg recreate iconic image from 1981 Wimbledon final 

In track tops like the ones they wore in 1981 when John McEnroe (right), then 22, Bjorn Borg (left), five-time Wimbledon champion, 25, without seat, they returned to center court.

Anyone for the double? Tennis legends Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe recreate the iconic image from the 1981 Wimbledon final

  • Bjorn Borg, 66, and John McEnroe, 63, recreated their iconic photo from 1981
  • Former tennis players have replicated the track tops they wore 40 years ago
  • The famous double act faced off 14 times between 1978 and 1981

You can’t be serious! One of the fiercest rivalries in sport seems to have turned into a love match. Bjorn Borg, 66, and John McEnroe, 63, have come together to recreate the scene of a game that reversed their fortunes four decades ago.

In track tops like the ones they wore in 1981 when McEnroe, then 22, 25-year-old five-time Wimbledon champion Borg returned to center court.

McEnroe even donned a red headband to complete the image.

The rivalry between Sweden’s Borg and American loudmouth McEnroe had as much to do with their personalities as with their desire to win.

But the competition between them is not quite over.

They have teamed up with London to lead rival teams in the Laver Cup at London’s O2 Arena.

Borg leads Team Europe, while McEnroe leads Team World at the three-day event, which begins today.

The famous double act faced off 14 times between 1978 and 1981.

In track tops like the ones they wore in 1981 when John McEnroe (right), then 22, Bjorn Borg (left), five-time Wimbledon champion, 25, without seat, they returned to center court.

In track tops like the ones they wore in 1981 when John McEnroe (right), then 22, Bjorn Borg (left), five-time Wimbledon champion, 25, without seat, they returned to center court.

Bjorn Borg of Sweden (left) and John McEnroe of the United States stand together on center court before competing in the men's singles final at the 1981 Wimbledon tennis championships

Bjorn Borg of Sweden (left) and John McEnroe of the United States stand together on center court before competing in the men’s singles final at the 1981 Wimbledon tennis championships

In the summer of 1980, Borg was 24 and dominating the tennis scene, enjoying a four-year reign at the championships.

But one thing stood in his way, with 21-year-old McEnroe appearing in the SW19 final for the first time after winning his maiden Grand Slam at the US Open.

Tennis golden boy Bjorn’s winning streak was almost immediately thrown into doubt with McEnroe coming through in the first set.

But Borg managed to fight back and took control of the match by winning the next two sets. In the fourth set, he saw McEnroe save two match points with diving volleys.

The final was already destined to be the most memorable in years, but what followed was the infamous Borg-McEnroe fourth-set tie-break that made history.

It was expected to last over 22 minutes, produce 34 contested points – a record for a Wimbledon final – and from start to finish produce moment by moment of changing fortunes.

McEnroe saved five championship points before eventually winning 18-16, but the exhausted young star couldn’t hold on in the fifth set.

Borg was eventually crowned champion by 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 – his fifth and final Wimbledon title.

A year later, McEnroe celebrated his first SW19 singles triumph by defeating the Swede in four sets.

He ended the tennis hero’s 41-game winning streak in the most memorable way.

Before the game even started, McEnroe had criticized the weather, the grass pitches, the refereeing and concluded: “There is nothing championship about this tournament except its prestige.”

Turning the tables on his rival, he produced 64 winners to Borg’s 47, including 23 in one set, and went 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 to dethrone the mighty Swede.

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