Su­perSwede v Su­perBrat on film

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STOCK­HOLM: The heated ri­valry be­tween Swede Bjorn Borg and Amer­i­can John McEn­roe is the cen­ter­piece of a new film on the fa­mous bat­tles be­tween the ten­nis greats both on and off the court.

Borg/McEn­roe, star­ring Swedish ac­tor Sver­rir Gud­na­son as Borg and US ac­tor Shia LaBeouf as McEn­roe, traces the ri­valry be­tween the play­ers at the 1980 Wim­ble­don Fi­nal, con­sid­ered to be one of the best matches played.

Borg, then 24, was cool, calm and col­lected, while McEn­roe, 21, was seen as ten­nis’s bad boy, some­times get­ting into shout­ing matches with um­pires.

The film, shoot­ing in Swe­den and sched­uled for re­lease next year, will also star vet­eran Swedish ac­tor Stel­lan Skars­gard as Borg’s coach Len­nart Bergelin.

LaBeouf said he is “pretty con­fi­dent” about the film, and hoped McEn­roe would be among the first to see the movie.

“I’m ex­cited to show him the movie and I’m sure he’ll see it be­fore ev­ery­one,” LaBeouf said. – Reuters

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