Bjorn Borg: 'I love Wimbledon - but I had to stay away'

Bjorn Borg: 'I love Wimbledon - but I had to stay away'

(CNN) They were nicknamed "fire and ice" -- John McEnroe's American aggression and Bjorn Borg's cool Swedish poise created one of the most famous rivalries in sport.

Four decades later, their legendary 1980 Wimbledon final will soon be immortalized in its own Hollywood movie, with Shia LaBeouf playing the fiery McEnroe.
Borg -- who will be portrayed by newcomer Sverrir Gudnason -- sparked such a new level of excitement on and off the courts that he was dubbed "the rock star of tennis." Women wanted to be with him; men wanted to be him.
But in 1981, it all started to go wrong.
McEnroe ended Borg's unbeaten five-year run on London's hallowed grass courts in another classic final. When he defeated him again in the U.S. Open final two months later, the former world No. 1 skipped the press conference and fled Flushing Meadows.
Borg would make only a handful of appearances before announcing his retirement in early 1983. He was just 26.

By Sophie Eastaugh, for CNN
Photos by Getty Images / Fox Photos 

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