Bjorn Borg 1981 Wimbledon Finals Outfit w/Headband
These historic duds were worn with distinction by Bjorn Borg on July 4, 1981, when Sweden's Golden Boy met America's Bad Boy John McEnroe on Centre Court in the final round of the Wimbledon championships. The year before, Borg -- to the relief of the stuffed-shirt purists -- had defeated the obnoxious hothead in an epic battle royal decided by a tiebreaker to cop his fifth straight Wimbledon title. In the rematch, the icy cool Borg, playing a day after another epic war with Jimmy Connors, couldn't handle the heat, especially Johnny Mac's sizzling serve and went down in four grueling sets, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4, with McEnroe taking 13 of 15 break points. Never again would Borg be quite the monster he was, thus the outfit represents the climactic moment in the career of a class act and a two-time Player of Year (1979-80) who also won six French Opens and led Sweden to its first Davis Cup win in 1975. Borg's signature white shirt with green pinstripes, green snap front neckline and blue collar has sewn-on Fila patches on the chest and left sleeve and a custom "Borg Fila (size) 40" tag on the back of the neck. The shorts, featuring a blue and green elastic waistband, bear a Fila patch on the left thigh. Also none other than Borg's signature blue and red striped headband that kept his flowing golden locks out of his eyes. All items show clear wear and a trace of yellowing, markers of some very noble perspiration. Not even Abba made sweeter music than Borg's game.