Borg bitten while breaking up dogfight, forced to withdraw

Updated: June 11, 2007, 9:32 AM ET
Reuters

LONDON -- Five-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg has been forced to pull out of his first grass-court singles match in England for 26 years after being bitten by a dog.

The 51-year-old Swede was scheduled to play in the Liverpool International tennis tournament but organizers said on Sunday that Borg was hurt trying to stop a dogfight at his home in Sweden.

The tournament Web site said Borg's Golden Retriever had been attacked by a German Shepherd and the former French Open champion was severely bitten on his right leg after stepping in to separate them.

Doctors have advised Borg, who will still attend the tournament, not to put any weight on his leg for six weeks.

He had been scheduled to play 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash in an exhibition match on Friday

Borg has not played on grass in England since his defeat by John McEnroe in the 1981 Wimbledon final.