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Borg vs McEnroe

Legendary tennis rivals Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe battle it out at Wimbledon in 1980 in a battle of personalities that sets the world of tennis alight.

In the summer of 1980, Bjorn Borg sits atop of the tennis world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship - the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American John McEnroe.

With three days until the tournament begins, Borg trains religiously in his lavish Monaco home, aided by his coach and mentor Lennart and girlfriend Mariana. But McEnroe's explosive confidence and wrecking-ball persona continue to infiltrate the Swede's ice-cool and normally unshakable temperament. With each man the antithesis of the other, both players delve into their formative memories as the climactic tournament draws near and anticipation reaches fever pitch.

The match marks the pinnacle of the fire and ice rivalry between the two players – a battle of personalities that sets the world of tennis alight.

1 hour, 37 minutes

Last on

Thu 9 Jul 2020 21:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:19

    Billy Squier

    The Big Beat

  • 00:32

    Blondie

    Call Me

  • 00:32

    Blondie

    Call Me

  • 00:50

    C.J. & Co

    Devil's Gun

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Janus Metz
Björn Borg Sverrir Gudnason
John McEnroe Shia LaBeouf
Lennart Bergelin Stellan Skarsgard
Mariana Simionescu Tuva Novotny
Young Björn Borg Leo Borg
Teenage Björn Borg Marcus Mossberg
Young John McEnroe Jackson Gann
Peter Fleming Scott Arthur
John McEnroe Senior Ian Blackman
Vitas Gerulaitis Robert Emms
George Barnes - Commentator David Bamber
Rune Borg Mats Blomgren
Kay McEnroe Jane Perry
Producer Jon Nohrstedt
Writer Ronnie Sandahl

Broadcasts

  • Sun 15 Dec 2019 21:00
  • Sun 15 Dec 2019 22:30
  • Fri 3 Jul 2020 23:20
  • Thu 9 Jul 2020 21:00