Leo Borg got rid of his nerves and gained some experience in what was a highly talked-about ATP debut this week at his home event in Stockholm.

The teenage son of tennis legend and 11-time Grand Slam champion Bjorn Borg kicked off this year's Stockholm tournament on center court. Ranked No.2139, the 18-year-old wild card fell, 6-4, 6-2, to No.53 Tommy Paul in his first appearance at an ATP event.

"Of course I was nervous, but I think I handled it, " he was quoted as saying by Afton Bladet: "I had a good plan unfortunately, I could not do it all."

His father was courtside for the encounter.

"It is always fun having him at the court, he is a good supporter," said Leo. "He has played here many times before, he knows that feeling and it was the first time for me."


Bjorn described himself as "very proud" watching his son play on tour, having encouraged his career but not coaching him.

"I think he played a good match. It's tough to play your first ATP contest here in the Stockholm Open," he said. "It's his dream and always has been to play the Stockholm Open.

"It was a good experience, to play against a top player in the world."

A top European junior, the teenage Borg had first only been scheduled to get a wild card into qualifying.