Mats Wilander

Country Sweden
Residence Hailey, Idaho, United States
Date of birth 22 August 1964 (1964-08-22) (age 46)
Place of birth Växjö, Sweden
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)
Turned pro 1981
Retired 1996
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Career prize money US$7,976,256
Int. Tennis HOF 2002 (member page)
Career record 571–222
Career titles 33
Highest ranking No. 1 (12 September 1988)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W (1983, 1984, 1988)
French Open W (1982, 1985, 1988)
Wimbledon QF (1987, 1988, 1989)
US Open W (1988)
Career record 168–127
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 3 (21 October 1985)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1984)
French Open SF (1985)
Wimbledon W (1986)
US Open F (1986)

Wilander is predominantly recollected for winning 1988 three Grand Slam single events and thus fans coined the neologism "Wilanders" as an amusing synonym for "balls," symbolizing a gung ho spirit and stubbornness to win.


Mats Wilander the ex - world top most tennis player from Sweden who achieved total seven Grand Slam singles titles and one Grand Slam doubles title.

Wilander was introduced as the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002.

Wilander stepped in to his professional tour at the clay court tournament in Båstad, Sweden in 1980.

In July 2007 he started coaching Tatiana Golovin.


During his career Wilander achieved a total of seven doubles titles and 33 singles titles.

In 1985 he achieved three tournaments and finished the year after being rated as the third in the world.

In 1986 Wilander captured three Australian Open singles titles, three French Open singles titles, and one U.S. Open singles title. However he also won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in same year.

On April 28, 1986 Wilander also rose to the ranking of World No. 2


Grand Slam Years Record accomplished Player tied
Australian Open - French Open - US Open 1982-88 At least two Grand Slams on grass, clay, and hard courts Stands alone
Australian Open - French Open - U.S. Open 1982-88 Most Grand slam titles prior to becoming #1 in the world (7) Stands alone
Australian Open 1983-85 3 consecutive finals Ivan Lendl
Australian Open 1983-84 2 consecutive wins Ken Rosewall, Guillermo Vilas
Johan Kriek, Ivan Lendl
Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier
Andre Agassi, Roger Federer

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