It has taken Bjorn Borg four consecutive Wimbledon titles to make a believer out of Curry Kirkpatrick (The Grand Finale, July 16). This time there were no comments about Borg's sausage-selling abilities or mocking insults about his accent. Instead, Kirkpatrick combined the awe Borg's peers have for him with a sense of history in the making. It is about time this champion's rare achievements were so richly described.
While rightly assessing Borg's supremacy, Kirkpatrick gave well-deserved credit to Roscoe Tanner. Borg is definitely a living legend, with only immortality to go. I think Vijay Amritraj said it best: "This man is a genius."
I would like to tip my hat to Kirkpatrick for his thoroughly absorbing and accurate analysis of Borg's exploits at Wimbledon. He deserves all the accolades the sports media can give him. Also, congratulations on that great photograph of Jimmy Connors. It captures the true spirit of the "gracious-losing" Jimbo better than words could ever do.
Tanner was banner but Bjorn was borgeous!
How can anyone say that Connors "needs anything he can get"? Let me remind you, Mr. Kirkpatrick, of the one tournament you failed to mention—the U.S. Open. Or is it that Borg, your hero, was the one who needed help in Connors' straight-set victory of a year ago? I believe you're letting your dislike of Jimbo's on-and off-court attitudes prevent you from making a fair assessment of his ability to play tennis.
The photograph of Jimmy Connors caught him in an all-too-familiar pose. However, don't be misled into thinking that Jimbo is showing disrespect; he is merely indicating how many times he expects to beat Borg in their next 10 meetings.
I beg your pardon! Billie Jean King is an "old war mare"?
Tacky description! Ms. King is still a formidable adversary and may have a few more good decades before she's ready for the glue factory.
JANE A. BLICK
Mountain View, Calif.
It is a tribute to the whole Expo organization (A Summer Winner in Montreal, July 16), that a sub-par Montreal team has been turned into a pennant contender. Montreal is one of the few teams to build a winner without spending millions of dollars. I think the Canadiens have some competition north of the border.
Montreal fans are expecting too much. There is no way that the Expos can hold off power-packed teams like the Phillies and Pirates much longer. Their loyal fans will have to wait, because this isn't yet the season for our Canadian neighbors.