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Borg vs McEnroe Film “You Can Not Be Serious”

This autumn one of sport’s most iconic rivalry’s will be re-enacted on the big screen by Sverrir Gudnason and Shia LaBeouf in the upcoming tennis film Borg vs McEnroe

July 19, 2018
Words by Staff Writer
Photos by Borg vs McEnroe & Sports Illustrated
Wimbledon Borg vs McEnroe Film two players front view with tennis rackets

It’s not a sport movie as such. It’s a drama about human beings that takes place in the arena of sports. We need to make tennis feel real, authentic, visceral . . .

Screenwriter Mr Ronnie Sandahl

Starring Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe and Swedish newcomer Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg with Stellan Skarsgård as his coach, the film charts their intense rivalry during the 1970s and 1980s. Borg was known for his cool demeanor, whilst McEnroe was known for his fiery court-side meltdowns.

The Borg vs McEnroe film leads up to the 1980 Wimbledon final, often described as the greatest tennis match of all time (watch the legendary fourth-set tiebreak here). Mr Borg won Wimbledon five times in a row between 1976 and 1980, while Mr McEnroe later went on to win the 1981, 1983 and 1984 men’s singles finals at the All England Club.

The Sports biopic, filmed in Swedish and English, is directed by Dane Janus Metz Pedersen known for his 2010 Cannes festival war documentary Armadillo and for episodes of HBO’s True Detective.

Watch the Borg vs McEnroe film trailer above.

These two legends of the game brought the iconic 1980s style of sweatsuits and tennis shirts to the mainstream and the movie trailer is packed with references to the original pieces. So, come this Autumn expect more tennis style coverage (or Richie Tenenbaum moments) hot on the tails of designer Gosha Rubchinskiy’s recent capsule collections with Fila and Sergio Tacchini.

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