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First Look: Shia LaBeouf & Sverrir Gudnason as John McEnroe and Björn Borg

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Borg/McEnroe is a new film that looks at the 1980 Wimbledon final match between tennis stars Björn Borg and John McEnroe.

Björn Borg and John McEnroe met 14 times on the regular tour and 22 times in total, with their on-court rivalry highlighted by their contrasting temperaments and styles.[1] Borg was known for his cool and emotionless demeanor on court, while McEnroe was famed for his court-side tantrums. Their rivalry extended between 1978 and 1981, with each player winning seven times against the other. Because of their contrasting personalities, their rivalry was described as “Fire and Ice”.

In 1980 McEnroe reached the men’s singles final at Wimbledon for the first time, where he faced Borg, who was aiming for an Open Era record fifth consecutive Wimbledon title. At the start of the final McEnroe was booed by the crowd as he entered Centre Court following his heated exchanges with officials during his semi-final clash with Jimmy Connors.

This match is widely considered one of the greatest tennis matches ever played. McEnroe exacted his revenge by defeating Borg at the US Open final the same year in five sets.

Directed by Janus Metz Pedersen, the film stars Shia LaBeouf & Sverrir Gudnason as John McEnroe & Bjorn Borg. The first image of the pair has been released.

The film also stars Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny, and Robert Emms.

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