Former World No. 1 Bjorn Borg, who turned 64 years old earlier this month, says he hopes his son Leo Borg learns the winning mindset from the current champions of tennis and he hopes he can learn the same at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Spain, where he will go back to training once the borders in Spain open up.
Bjorn Borg on his son Leo Borg
The 11-time Grand Slam champion Borg was speaking in an interview to the Spanish daily Marca where he spoke about his son Leo Borg, who is 17 years old and is taking his first steps into the professional circuit.
"The most important thing is that he, despite his young age, has the ambition to be a good player. And I think that in the Nadal academy you will find the facilities to improve. He will be able to train on different surfaces and he will meet young people like him, from different parts of the world, and in the same circumstances.
We are waiting for the borders to open in Spain. Nadal's academy is one of the best in the world. Leo has been there three times and he loved it. I had the opportunity to spend a week a year ago. We went after the Laver Cup that was played in Geneva.
They have great facilities, a good program and good coaches. (I hope he learns) the winning mindset, knowing how to act. I think that in Nadal's academy he can acquire all that and that is why he returns there." Speaking about the proposal to merge the men's and women's tours, Borg says he thought it was a great idea and that he is also a big fan of women's tennis.
"In my time it was already talked about. I see no reason why men and women cannot work together. I love to watch women's tennis. They have players with a great personality and who know what the game is about. With the two circuits together, tennis would undoubtedly be even stronger." Borg also said he would find it hard to imagine playing the big events without fans.
"The truth is, I don't want to imagine it. Our sport will be one of the last to come back because it is global and there are players from all over the world. For me, they should wait until there can be an audience. I think it will be very strange for tennis players to play with the empty stands." Bjorn Borg won six French Open titles and five Wimbledon titles. He also won three year-end championships and reached the final of the US Open on four occasions.