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Love match: My life with Bjorn Hardcover – 1981


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  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson (1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283987960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283987960
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,359,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on September 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There's always something sad about watching an old movie or as in this case, reading an old book, where you know from your future perspective what became of the people in question. This book is like that. I kept trying to read it for the information it could give on tennis in the 1970's, when no player dominated Centre Court at Wimbledon quite like five-time gentleman's champion Bjorn Borg. What kept coming to mind, however, was the unpleasant future that awaited the Borg's. Here in Love Match, it's interesting to get Mariana's take on her then-superstar husband's preparations for his chosen sport, his disciplined lifestyle, his regard for rivals McEnroe and Conners, his off-court life in the heyday of disco. It's also nice in a nostalgic way to compare and contrast then and now in this most precise of sports. But as I said up at the top, it's also impossible to lay aside what came to pass in the years after this book was written. Within two years of its publication, Bjorn Borg would retire from the game at a young twenty-six. He would deal with personal issues such as depression and drug abuse, and would leave Mariana, a woman so certain that she had found her lifelong soul mate, that she states as much here in no uncertain terms. Mariana re-married, became estranged from Bjorn, and faded into obscurity. Borg would go on to be exiled from his native Sweden over income tax fraud, would attempt a comeback that went on to end in humiliating failure, and he, with his archaic two-fisted backhand, is now barely a footnote among players in the current generation. More than the tennis history lesson, the lives of the Bjorn and Mariana come through as a brewing tragedy.
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