Mats Wilander Biography
(Swedish Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Birthday: August 22, 1964 (Leo)
Born In: Växjö, Sweden
Mats Wilander is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Sweden. He is holder of seven ‘Grand Slam’ singles titles – 3 ‘Australian Open’, 3 ‘French Open’ and 1 ‘US Open’. He also captured a ‘Wimbledon’ men’s doubles title. An early bird in professional tennis he created sensation in the world of tennis in 1982 by becoming the ‘French Open’ singles champion when he was still a few months short of 18. By the time he was 21, he bagged four ‘Grand Slam’ titles, which many players would strive to achieve in a lifetime. His achievements reached pinnacle in 1988 when he secured three ‘Grand Slam’ titles (‘Australian Open’, ‘French Open’ and ‘US Open’) out of four and attained number one world ranking in September that year. He won eight ‘Grand Prix Super Series’ titles and also remained a driving force in 1980s in Sweden’s run of 7 successive ‘Davis Cup’ finals. Throughout his career he won a total of 33 singles titles and 7 doubles titles. Along with Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, he is the only man to win ‘Grand Slam’ singles titles on grass, hard as well as clay courts. He holds a record of winning at least 2 ‘Grand Slam’ singles titles on each of the three courts, a feat shared by Rafael Nadal. He was included in the ‘International Tennis Hall of Fame’ in 2002.