The 11-time Grand Slam champion Swedish Bjorn Borg was set to be felicitated in Bengaluru on Tuesday by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai but he left de venue at the Karnataka Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) courts because the CM turned up late for the event. The politician arrived almost two hours late. The Chief Minister was delayed due to some of his other commitments. Bjorn Borg, on a trip to India with his wife Patricia, was in Bengaluru to watch his son, Leo, play the Bengaluru Open tennis tournament. Borg had left the felicitation hall to watch his son in the first-round match. “Leo has his own team. He is very motivated and works really hard on and off the court. We have a very good relationship. I ask him if he wants to know anything about tennis,” previously Borg confessed. At Bengaluru Open, Leo lost the first-round match 6-2, 6-3 to Hsu Yu-hsiou. . Borg was set to be honoured at the function along with former Indian player and Padma Shri awardee Vijay Amritraj.
Borg’s felicitation was rescheduled, joint secretary of KSLTA said. Between 1974 and 1981, Borg became the first man in the Open Era to win 11 Grand Slam singles titles with six at the French Open and five consecutively at Wimbledon.