‘Rafael Nadal has always been my idol,’ says Bjorn Borg’s son Leo

Leo Borg, son of Grand Slam legend Bjorn Borg, has named Rafael Nadal as his ultimate tennis idol, not his father.

Borg has become a regular winner on the junior circuit of late, and he has now started to make his transition into the professional game.

He, though, says it is from Nadal that he draws his inspiration, and he has hopes he can make his Mallorca academy a regular training base.

“I met Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup because my father is the captain of the European team,” Leo Borg told Spanish newspaper Marca. “He was always my idol since I was little.

“I am living and training in Stockholm and I have my coach in Sweden, but I go to Mallorca from time to time. In fact, I will be back when I finish in Marbella.”

For Leo Borg, he knows that it is his father he will ultimately be compared to, not Nadal, but he says he should be judged as his own man with his own goals.

“I am aware that I am being compared to my father, but I do not care what is said and I live quite on the sidelines. I think about my future and about my own goals.

“He (Bjorn Borg) never pushed me to be a tennis player nor did I ask him about it.

“It is evident that my father has been everything in this sport. The truth is that I have always wanted to play tennis on my own initiative.

“I know that he is proud of me, of what I am doing, and I hope I have a good future.

“First, I want to be a professional and make a living from tennis. In the future. I would like to reach the Top 10.”

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