Mats Wilander: One of the youngest men to win four major singles titles at the age of 20

Mats Wilander

Mats Arne Olof Wilander (born 22 August 1964) is a Swedish former world No. 1 tennis player.

From 1982 to 1988, he won seven major singles titles (three at the French Open, three at the Australian Open, and one at the US Open), and one major men’s doubles title (at Wimbledon).

His breakthrough came suddenly and unexpectedly when he won the 1982 French Open at the age of 17.

Born in Växjö, Sweden, Wilander first came to the tennis world’s attention when he won the French Open junior title, the European under-16 and under-18 championships, and the Orange Bowl under-16 event in Miami.

Wilander, who won $8 million as a pro and more in endorsements, now spends much of his time living on an 81-acre estate in Hailey, Idaho, United States (part of the Sun Valley ski resort) with his wife Sonya (née Mulholland), a South African-born model, whom he started dating in 1985 and married in 1987.

Wilander competes from time to time on the senior tour. Since retiring as a player, he has served as captain of the Swedish Davis Cup team.

Wilander also serves as a commentator for tennis matches on Eurosport.

Wilander won his fourth major singles title at the age of 20, the youngest man in history to have achieved the feat.

He also won eight Grand Prix Super Series titles (1983–88), the precursors to the current ATP 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. Wilander has four children, Emma, Karl, Erik, and Oskar.

His son Erik suffers from a comparatively mild form of epidermolysis bullosa, which benefits from Idaho’s cool and dry air, and Wilander and his wife have worked to raise funds for research into cures for the disease Wilander created a minor controversy during the 2006 French Open when he criticized several top players, including Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters, as lacking the competitive edge to beat their toughest rivals.

His brother, Anders Wilander, was Mayor of Tranås Municipality 2006–2020.

In 2012, Wilander won the International Club’s Jean Borotra Sportsmanship Award.

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