Wimbledon has a history of challenging competitions and one of the prime examples is the era of 1989-1980, when the title went into the hands of United States, Sweden and Germany. This era ended the victorious journey of Bjorn Borg, a Swedish Tennis Player who was highly ranked amongst the professional tennis players’ names in history. Other top names include John McEnroe and Boris Becker who won the title 3 times in this era. Boris Becker became the youngest man ever to have won Wimbledon championship in 1985. He was just 15 years old when he raised the coveted silver trophy on the centre court. Boris Becker is also the first German ever to have won the title, along with being the first unseeded player to do so. Boris took three hours and 18 minutes to defeat South African Born American Kevin Curren to win the Wimbledon Championship. Boris won the Wimbledon championship again in the following year and then for the third time in 1989. His attacking style of tennis based on massive and dramatic serves and diving volleys defined the tennis game for men for many years. McEnroe not only won 3 Wimbledon titles but he also brought style and charisma to centre court. He was often booed upon for his extreme and inexcusable behavior but he was loved for his delicacy and tough mind which he showed in his game.
The list of male winners and runner-ups of Wimbledon Open tennis championship during 1989-1980 is as follow:
Year 1989-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1989: Boris Becker
- Runner-up (male)-1989: Stefan Edberg
Year 1988-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1988: Stefan Edberg
- Runner-up (male)-1988: Boris Becker
Year 1987-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1987: Pat Cash
- Runner-up (male)-1987: Ivan Lendl
Year 1986-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1986: Boris Becker
- Runner-up (male)-1986: Ivan Lendl
Year 1985-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1985: Boris Becker
- Runner-up (male)-1985: Kevin Curren
Year 1984-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1984: John McEnroe
- Runner-up (male)-1984: Jimmy Connors
Year 1983-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1983: John McEnroe
- Runner-up (male)-1983: Chris Lewis
Year 1982-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1982: Jimmy Connors
- Runner-up (male)-1982: John McEnroe
Year 1981-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1981: John McEnroe
- Runner-up (male)-1981: Bjorn Borg
Year 1980-Wimbledon Open
- Winner (male)-1980: Bjorn Borg
- Runner-up (male)-1980: John McEnroe
Tennis history is filled with precocious championships and achievements but none has been as impressive as Bjorn Borg who in his brief career was able to play outstanding tennis. His seemingly emotionless personality no wonders had the right amount of zeal and dedication for this game. Famous tennis player, Bjorn Borg was born on June 6, 1956 in Sodertalje, Sweden. His fascination for tennis is routed to the tennis racket which is father won as a prize in a ping-pong tournament. Bjorn Borg was a player with endurance and great strength and had an unorthodox and distinctive style. Borg used to battle from the baseline along with ground strokes in long rallies. Although his serve was not very impressive at first but he somehow managed the game beautifully with his volleying throughout the game. Due to his excellent playing skills, Bjorn Borg became the youngest champion of his time at the age of 20 (later Boris Becker claimed this record by becoming the champion at the age of 17 in 1985). Bjorn Borg was known as the King of Clay as he holds the record of winning the most French Open titles. It took him sometime to settle at grass but he did so by winning 5 Wimbledon titles.
Some of the career highlights and record of Bjorn Borg are:
1) Bjorn Borg won 62 singles out of 88 finals and four double titles including Masters of 1979-80.
2) Bjorn Borg won six French Open singles titles (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
3) Borg won 5 Wimbledon singles titles (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980).
4) Bjorn Borg won Davis Cup in years 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979 and 1981. He holds the record of 37-3 single wins and 8-8 in doubles.
5) Bjorn Borg played all four tennis Grand Slams with the following final win-lose statistics:
- Australian Open tennis championship (1-1)
- French Open tennis championship (49-2)
- Wimbledon (51-4)
- US Open tennis championship (40-10)
Almost all sports are ruled by a particular player or team for a brief period. Football was ruled by Brazil for a long time, cricket by the West Indies, golf by Tiger Woods, squash by Jansher Khan of Pakistan, etc. All these players or teams not only represent themselves, but also their countries. In the same stance, tennis has been ruled by greatest tennis players from one nation for a long time. By and large, players from the United States have been successful in winning the most tennis Grand Slam titles. The Australian Open for males has also been ruled by the American players so far. The United States of America has always produced the best tennis players of all time. They have dominated all the courts including the Australian Open, hence winning the leading number of titles. In the past decade and more, Roger Federer, a Swiss tennis player however has been able to win the Australian Open titles.
Most of the Australian Grand Slam titles have been won by Americans up to now. Including the United States, here is a list of the top ten countries who won the most male Australian Open titles:
1) United States (15 titles)
2) Australia (7 titles)
3) Sweden (6 titles)
4) Switzerland (4 titles)
5) Czech (3 titles)
6) Argentina (2 titles)
7) Germany (2 titles)
8) Russia (2 titles)
9) Serbia (1 title)
10) Spain (1 title)
The top ten countries to win the most male Australian Open titles clearly indicates that the United States and Australia have been dominating this Grand Slam for ages. And now we see a difference in trend as Nadal and Djokovic are the new emerging players, claiming the Australian Open titles.
Tennis has been a game that has welcomed every player with several different origin background. However few of the countries have ruled the game of tennis by producing absolutely brilliant tennis players over the time. USA is the top ranked country in Wimbledon history with the highest number of titles in both men and women singles. The country has a total of 86 titles. In men’s singles, USA has won 33 titles so far, whereas in women’s singles, the country claimed 53 titles. USA’s Pete Sampras has won seven titles. He won them in the years 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Among women, Martina Navratilova won 9 titles in 1978, 1979, 1982-1987 and 1990.
In the second position are the British Isles with a total of 61 titles among which 32 were claimed by men and 29 by women. Australia is number three with 26 titles of which 21 were claimed by men and 5 by women. France is the fourth with 14 titles, 7 each being claimed by men and women. Germany is number fifth with 12 titles. Women claimed 8, whereas men did only four.
At number six is Great Britain with 10 titles, seven claimed by women and only 3 by men. Sweden and Switzerland have claimed 7 titles so far. Sweden’s titles are all claimed by men where as one of the Swiss title was claimed by a woman. New Zealand’s men have claimed 4 titles for their country so far. Spain has won 3 titles: 2 by men and one by a woman. Slovakia, Netherlands, Croatia and Egypt have one title each that were all claimed by men. Czech Republic and Russia have won one title each by their women.
In all, men have claimed 123 titles for their countries and women did 116.