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Bjorn Borg: Winner Loses All Paperback – 1 Sep 1994

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Publishing; New edition edition (1 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857820851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857820850
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,191,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HASH(0x98ddfc00) out of 5 stars Bjorn Borg: Winner Loses All 29 April 2000
By Tim Bauer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Bjorn Borg stands as one of the most dominant sports figures in the history of tennis. This account written by his former business partner discusses Bjorn and his life after his initial retirement from the game which he dominated. This "novel" is unauthorized and contains many facts which Bjorn himself would challenge. If you can read it with the understanding that it is not necesarily "non-fiction" you will have a good time considering the pressures and post tennis life of a great champion. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Borg.
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HASH(0x9451ba68) out of 5 stars I would doubt the credibility of this book 5 July 2005
By Andrew Griffiths - Published on
Format: Paperback
preamble: I know a lot about Bjorn Borg, and have watched him several times in his hey day. What memories !!!

After his retirement, who can blame him for letting his hair down and having a good time ? He sacrificed his education, and hours on the tennis court to achieve what he did. Only Bjorn knows what it was like.

This book is happy to focus on the negative side of Bjorn simply to achieve book sales. But bjorn gave millions of people like myself happiness and fond memories. Even today I'm still practicing that running back-hand down the line ! The guy who wrote this book is a business man through and through, whose only aim is to make money. Even if bjorn did get up to mischief after his retirement ... so what ? Who wouldn't at the age of 25 ? The other books "Love Match", The "bjorn borg story" and "Bjorn Borg" are much better and objective and balance against this book. The author seems hard done by by the business dealings with Bjorg, but i'm sure Bjorn also has his side of the story. The book takes something negative about the man, and makes a complete chapter about it.
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HASH(0x945528d0) out of 5 stars Borg Takes A Dive 26 Jan. 2015
By Gene Cisco - Published on
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The whole world cannot be fooled. Bjorn Borg was greatly aided to the top by his team of handlers and image-shapers, and after his run for glory and fame, he vanished. Was it like Elvis? In a sense, yes. Lars Skarke in a well-written narrative in detail goes considerably beneath the mask that explains the tennis silence and Borg absence from the tennis scene after the 80s; after all, Skarke makes clear how that decade gave us the junk bonds, the Milliken downfall and "Barbarians at the Gate." Did Borg really retire or flame-out? The early clue is the accidental demise of his 'party buddy,' Vitas Gerulaites, accomplice de shame. This tell-all is not a tattle-tale, but a bitter trip down the sewer drain in search of the public relations tennis god, Bjorn Borg, by one of Sweden's chief promoters of products. Sadly, Lars does not escape going to great depths with Borg to explain the shallow, dark side of this one-time shooting comet. And like comets, they fall. Sure, Borg escapes self-destruction, but this book is no fun seeing bankers or advertising figures catering to every whim of such pathetic, dishonorable cardboard celebrities for money. Borg deserves his Garbo-esque privacy for discarding those who brought him fame, for who would fawn for someone so thoughtless and irrational after the curtain came down? For what Borg did to Lennart Bergelen, his coach/mentor surrogate dad, is unpardonable. The message Lars Skarke conveys is: beware of those you worship; they just might be Caligulas after dark just for starters with a short shelf-life. Wisdom says to accumulate wealth one must be aware of the responsibilities. Borg, with a high school education at best,is shown to be unsuited to the responsibilities and the graces required to run a private life or business disconnected from the championship trophies, in other words, he was a disreputable louse off a tennis court.
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HASH(0x944c1d50) out of 5 stars Unfortunately Believable 29 Nov. 2010
By Sheryl A. Esau - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have been a huge Bjorn Borg fan for many years. I even have an old wood Bjorn Borg racket hanging in a tennis display in my home. I put off reading this book for many years and finally after reading Andre and Pete's book I thought I'd read this one. While it read more like a Jackie Collins novel than a tennis biography, it is unfortunately believable. There are just so many facts that can't be disputed and while obviously the writer is a disgruntled former "best" friend, I still think that it is mostly true. Borg was truly an amazing athlete who found playing tennis easier than other gifted athletes who had to work much harder at the sport. This talent along with his strikingly good looks made him think he could do whatever he wanted and he had many who fed his ego, myself and fans like me probably included. His ego was even more messed up by the frequent use of cocaine and alcohol and hundreds of women. The good news is this book is not the final chapter for Bjorn. Thankfully he is married again and as he says for the last time. He's back participating in tennis events and looks better than ever. I'm hoping this is a happy ending to a very strange story. I also hope there were not more casualties like the author "Lasse" Lars Skarke.
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