6 junior champions who went on to win Wimbledon in the Open Era

Bjorn Borg
Bjorn Borg with the 1978 Wimbledon trophy

With the 2015 Wimbledon Championships drawing to an end, it is a good time to have a look back at some of the junior Wimbledon champions who were successful both as a junior and as a pro at the All England Club.This year Agnieszka Radwanska is one of the junior champions to have reached the last-four stage in singles. But the Polish No. 1, who reached the 2012 ladies singles final, has failed to add to her 2005 junior crown, and will not be able to do so this year either, as she has lost to Garbine Muguruza in the semis.There are six junior singles champions who went on to flourish on the turf of Wimbledon in the Open Era. Let us have a look at all of them:

#1 Bjorn Borg

The Ice Man, who mastered the French Open and Wimbledon simultaneously, first owned the lush green lawns of the All England Club as a junior. In 1972, a 16-year-old Bjorn Borg showed glimpses of his resilience to come back from 2-5 down in the deciding set and win against Buster Mottram of Great Britain in a thrilling final.

Borg, the calm and collected Swedish player, thrived on the lawns in south-west London five consecutive times from 1976 to 1980. The 1980 five-setter summit clash against his nemesis John McEnroe was one of the most outstanding finals ever played, which involved a 34-point tie-break in the fourth set.

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