Swedish tennis star, Bjorn Borg, married Rumanian, Mariana Simionescu, in a brief civil ceremony in the Bucharest town hall on Thursday (24 July).
GV PAN EXTERIOR Town hall, Bucharest
SV Borg and bride, Mariana Simionescu enter building
CU & MV Borg and bride during ceremony (2 shots)
MV Borg and bride signing book
CU Borg and wife kiss (2 shots)
MV Borg and wife pose for pictures
SV Borg and wife being congratulated by well-wishers
SV Borg and wife leave town hall, with steps lined with tennis rackets (2 shots)
SV Car drives off with happy couple
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Background: Swedish tennis star, Bjorn Borg, married Rumanian, Mariana Simionescu, in a brief civil ceremony in the Bucharest town hall on Thursday (24 July). Thousands of people crowded the streets and climbed onto roofs to see the couple arrive. Scuffles broke out as police tried to hold back reporters and photographers.
SYNOPSIS: The five-times Wimbledon champion and his bride had hoped for a little privacy -- but thousands of well-wishers gathered around the Bucharest Town Hall where the brief civil ceremony was held.
Borg met Rumania's young tennis hopeful in 1976 -- and they became engaged shortly afterwards. He says she was the first girl he ever formally asked out on a date. At that time he was twenty, she nineteen. During Wimbledon, 1976, the couple began living together. Borg won the championship that year -- the first in a record-breaking five-in-a-row.
It was a `love match' from the first. Borg has a simple belief -- "To be a winner, you have to be happy. Since I met Mariana, I am always happy."
Outside the Bucharest Town Hall, sixty of Rumania's best young tennis players formed a guard of honour with flowers and tennis rackets as the wedding couple appeared. Later in the day, a private religious ceremony was held at a nearby Roman Orthodox monastery. The following day the Borg's left for celebrations at their home in Monaco.