McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice

McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice is a documentary that briefly follows the careers of tennis legends John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.  The movie focuses on their competitive rivalry and friendship, including the epic 1980 Wimbledon final.  Each player along with sports media personnel are interviewed throughout the film.

Released 2011; Runtime 61 minutes

  • Aggression & Violence: Throughout, the film shows highlights of McEnroe flipping out, including the famed "you cannot be serious" rant.
  • Burnout: Borg talks about how tired he was of playing and his loss of motivation to win followed up by him selling his trophies. McEnroe actually uses the word "burnout" to describe what he was feeling when he took some time off from tennis.
  • Motivation (Intrinsic): A few minutes in, Borg discusses how he fell in love with tennis when he was young.
  • Parents & Family: Early in the documentary, McEnroe discusses his parents and how they pushed him the right amount.
  • Routines: Great example of Borg's pre-match routine is shown; He traveled the same route, used the same towels, and had the exact same preparation before his matches at Wimbledon.