Tennis: Borg disputes secret deal

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Bjorn Borg is taking issue with a television documentary that reported he received $220,000 (pounds 135,000) to play on Sweden's Davis Cup teams in 1978 and 1979.

The documentary, broadcast on Monday, said the money was secretly paid to Borg by the Swedish federation even though Sweden expected athletes to play on the national team without additional financial compensation.

However, Borg says the money was also payment to have him take part in the Swedish Open in Baastad and the Stockholm Open, according to the newspaper Expressen.

With those appearances, "the federation earned quite a few million kronor through me every year," the newspaper quoted him as saying.

"That's why it was so important for the federation... to have me in Baastad and play at home in Sweden.

"But now there is a little mistake appearing - that I would get paid just for appearing in the Davis Cup," Borg said, according to the newspaper.