Mats Wilander facts for kids
Wilander in the Eurosport studio during the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park
|Residence||Hailey, Idaho, U.S.|
|Born||22 August 1964
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 111⁄2 in)|
|Turned pro||1981 (amateur tour from 1980)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HOF||2002 (member page)|
|Career record||571–222 (72.01%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (12 September 1988)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1983, 1984, 1988)|
|French Open||W (1982, 1985, 1988)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1987, 1988, 1989)|
|US Open||W (1988)|
|Tour Finals||F (1987)|
|WCT Finals||QF (1985, 1987, 1989)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (21 October 1985)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (1984)|
|French Open||SF (1985)|
|US Open||F (1986)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||F (1985)|
|Davis Cup||W (1984, 1985, 1987)|
Mats Arne Olof Wilander ( born 22 August 1964) is a Swedish former world No. 1 tennis player. From 1982 to 1988, he won seven Grand Slam singles titles (three at the French Open, three at the Australian Open, and one at the US Open), and one Grand Slam men's doubles title (at Wimbledon). His breakthrough came suddenly and unexpectedly (even in Sweden) when he won the 1982 French Open. This coincided with countryman Björn Borg's decision to retire from tennis.
In 1988, Wilander won three of the four Grand Slam singles events and finished that year ranked World No. 1. Although he never won the singles title at Wimbledon, Wilander twice won the Australian Open when that tournament was still played on grass courts. This makes Wilander one of only six men (along with Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic) to have won Grand Slam singles titles on grass courts, hard courts, and clay courts. He and Rafael Nadal are the only men in tennis history to have won at least two Grand Slam singles titles on each of the three surfaces (2 Australian when it was played on grass, 1 Australian and 1 US on hard, and 3 French on clay).
Wilander won his fourth Grand Slam singles title at the age of 20, the youngest man in history to have achieved that feat. He also won eight Grand Prix Super Series titles (1983–88), the precursors to the current ATP World Tour Masters 1000. He won 33 singles titles and seven doubles titles during his career. He was also a driving force behind Sweden's run of seven consecutive Davis Cup finals in the 1980s.
In 2002, Wilander was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
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