The great Bjorn-John tennis rivalry ‘returns’

The Borg-McEnro great tennis rivalry of 1980s is back. On screen. The Borg-McEnroe film is premiered in Stockholm earlier this week. It will be on show at the forthcoming Toronto Film Festival and then next month at the Zurich Film Festival.

The film showcases one of the greatest ever tennis matches between two of the greatest ever tennis stars – Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. The epochal Wimbledon Championship title clash between Borg and McEnroe.

The film is directed by Dane Janus Metz Pedersen. Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf plays McEnroe. Swedish Sverrir Gudnason is in Borg’s role, while another Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard has played Borg’s coach Lennart Bergelin.

The film is titled Borg for the Nordic region. It is scheduled for screening for the general public in Sweden from Friday.

Borg, who had attended the Stockholm premier, was pleased with the film. “I think the actors did a great job,” Interaksyon has quoted Borg as saying by. “It’s strange to see yourself on the screen, but I‘m really happy with the movie.”

Actors Gudnason and LaBeouf have reportedly undergone two months of intense tennis training to reproduce the McEnroe-Borg magic on screen.

The film describes the journey of the two iconic players as they gear up for the Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon. While Borg is keen to make his mark by winning five titles in a row, his opponent, the young McEnroe is eager to beat his opponent. Borg prepares for their match alongside his coach Bergelin, whereas McEnroe remains in the news for different reasons.

The movie is picturised at two locations in Stockholm – Borg’s hometown Södertälje and Gothenburg – Prague, London and Monaco.