It was a great honour for everyone involved in the Necker Cup to have the legendary Björn Borg with us at this year’s tournament. As I’ve said before, I think he’s the greatest player of all time – and you could still the sheer class in every shot he made.
We were fortunate enough that Björn brought his delightful family and friends with him too, and they really got into the spirt of the tournament, along with all our other wonderful guests. But a particular treat was seeing Björn’s talented 15-year-old son Leo pick up a racquet – and, for the first time ever, play a competitive match partnering his old man!
Leo played his father’s role on court in the recent Borg v McEnroe film, and has all the shots his father mastered – not to mention their similar appearance and classic FILA on-court outfits. He’s one of the top young players in the world and having seen him play up close I’m excited to see how his career progresses.
Before their match, Leo got a little training session in with the great Pat Cash. As one of the finest proponents of the volley, Pat ran Leo through his paces and gave him some helpful tips, while Björn watched on. I love this little video of their hit, with proud dad watching on. As a very proud father myself, it’s lovely seeing other parents taking such joy in their kids.
When Andy Murray was a youngster, we came very close to sponsoring him after Virgin chairman Peter Norris predicted he would win Wimbledon one day. I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on Leo, but think he has a fine career ahead of him. In fact…
As for the match? Borg and Borg Jr went up against the formidable duo of Pat Cash and Tommy Haas, and put on an absolute masterclass for us all. There were flowing rallies, delicious passing shots and of course some classic Borg lobs from Snr and Jnr. As Pat said later on: “I’ve been getting lobbed by Swedes my whole career, why stop now?!” There’s no need to ask who won!
Thanks again to all of the players who joined us for the Necker Cup and made it such a special event for all of us amateurs and all of the guests. Now, roll on the Necker Cup 2019!