Bergelin in 1950
|Born||10 June 1925
|Died||4 November 2008
|Turned pro||1946 (amateur tour)|
|Retired||1955 (played sporadically afterwards)|
|Highest ranking||No. 9 (1948, John Olliff)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1955)|
|French Open||QF (1948, 1951)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1946, 1948, 1951)|
|US Open||3R (1954)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1948)|
Lennart Bergelin (10 June 1925, Alingsås – 4 November 2008, Stockholm) was a Swedish tennis player and coach. As a player, for AIK, Bergelin won nine Swedish championship singles titles between 1945 and 1955, and the French Open doubles title in 1948. Bergelin is best known for his work with Björn Borg, whom he trained between 1971 and 1983, helping him to win 11 Grand Slam tournaments. Bergelin also captained Sweden to its first Davis Cup title.
During a ten-year period, between 1946 and 1955, Bergelin was ranked among the top 10 amateur players in the world, reaching World No. 9 in John Olliff's 1948 amateur rankings. He won 20 national championships (9 singles and 11 doubles) and became the first Swedish player ever to win a grand slam, as he and Jaroslav Drobný won the French doubles championship in 1948. Bergelin played 89 Davis Cup matches representing Sweden and won 63 of these. He played the last DC game, at the age of 40, together with Jan-Erik Lundqvist. Between 1971 and 1976, Bergelin captained the Swedish DC team and in 1975 he led them to victory as they defeated Czechoslovakia in the finals.
Bergelin was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1950.
Between 1974 and 1981, he and Bjorn Borg won 11 Grand Slam titles (6 French Open and 5 Wimbledon) of 16 Grand Slam finals became the first player-coach combination who won more than 10 major titles in the Open-era. He helped Borg to become the only player in the Open Era to win three majors without dropping a set as well as the only male player to win the Channel-Slam (both Wimbledon and the French Open) in the same year for 3 consecutive years. Furthermore, as of today, his protege holds 2 remarkable streak-record of all-time; winning 41 consecutive sets at French Open (1979-1981) and being undefeated for 41 consecutive matches in Wimbledon (1976-1980). 2 days shorter than 30 years,between June 7, 1981 and June 5, 2011, Bergelin held the record as the winningest coach in the Grand Slam history (men's single category) with 11 Grand Slam titles (6 French Open, 5 Wimbledon). On June 5, 2011, when Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer, Bergelin's record was equalled by Rafa's uncle and coach, Toni Nadal. Since June 9, 2013, when Rafael Nadal claimed his and his coach's 12th Grand Slam title defeating David Ferrer in the Roland Garros final in Paris, Toni Nadal took the lead on the coaches' rank list. As of today, Toni Nadal solidified his top position with 14 Grand Slam titles followed by Lennart Bergelin with 11 ones.
Peter Bengtsson, a spokesman for the Swedish Tennis Association, said Bergelin died from heart failure at a Stockholm hospital.
- United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 426.
- Lennart Bergelin, Bjorn Borg's coach, dies at 83, International Herald Tribune, 4 November 2008.
|Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal