Onny’s his­toric day in Paris

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That 1974 French Open was a par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant tour­na­ment.

Borg, who turned 18 dur­ing the tour­na­ment, won his first (of 11) Grand Slam ti­tles, beat­ing Orantes in the fi­nal 2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1.

‘‘The dou­bles was played af­ter the sin­gles, so we watched quite a bit of it.

‘‘When Borg lost the sec­ond set, I said to Dick we’d bet­ter get changed.

‘‘ Borg had had a ter­ri­ble de­ci­sion in the tiebreaker, and I couldn’t see him com­ing back from that po­si­tion.

‘‘But he was su­perb and to­tally out­played Orantes, who was a mas­ter on clay.

‘‘That re­sult re­ally an­nounced Borg as a po­ten­tial su­per­star.’’

Swedish ac­tress In­grid Bergman – she of Casablanca fame – turned up at the Roland Gar­ros to watch the fi­nal and had a chat to her coun­try­man af­ter­wards.

Parun also reached the fourth round of the sin­gles, hav­ing beaten lo­cal hero Pierre Barthes 6-4 in the fifth in the third round. He bowed out to top seed Nas­tase 6-4, 6-2, 7-6.

Chris Evert won her first Grand Slam ti­tle, beat­ing Olga Moro­zova eas­ily in the women’s fi­nal. Moro­zova was the first (of many) Rus­sian to reach a Grand Slam sin­gles fi­nal.

A dumpy 17- year- old from Cze­choslo­vakia, Martina Navratilova, teamed with Ivan Molina to win the mixed dou­bles. She was the youngest win­ner of any French ti­tle to that time.

Mar­i­ana Si­monescu of Ro­ma­nia won the girls’ sin­gles. She later be­came Borg’s first wife. And Parun and Cre­aly? ‘‘ Af­ter win­ning in Paris we teamed up a few more times and were hope­less. I don’t think we won another match,’’ Parun said.

‘‘It was just one of those spe­cial fort­nights, I guess.’’

Those were the days: Onny Parun in his prime, wooden racket and all.

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