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Mats Wilander

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
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Profession: Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion

Nationality:
Sweden
Swedish

Why Famous: 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). In 1988, he won three of the four Grand Slam events, and finished the season ranked number one in the world.

Born: August 22, 1964
Birthplace: Vaxjo, Sweden
Age: 54 years old

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo

Married Life

  • 1987-01-03 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa

Events in the Life of Mats Wilander

  • 1982-06-06 French Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins his first career Grand Slam title; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 1-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4
  • 1983-06-05 French Open: Home town favourite Yannick Noah wins his 1st and only career Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Mats Wilander of Sweden 6-2, 7-5, 7-6
  • 1983-12-11 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins 2nd career Grand Slam title; beats Ivan Lendl 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
  • 1984-12-09 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Mats Wilander wins 2nd straight Australian title; beats Kevin Curren of South Africa 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2
  • 1985-06-09 French Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Mats Wilander wins 4th career Grand Slam title; beats Czech star Ivan Lendl 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
  • 1985-12-08 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg wins 1st career Grand Slam singles title; beats defending champion & fellow Swede Mats Wilander 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
  • 1987-06-07 French Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl retains title; beats Mats Wilander of Sweden 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6
  • 1987-09-14 US Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins 3rd straight US title; beats Sweden's Mats Wilander 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-4
  • 1987-12-04 Defending champion Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia wins 3rd straight season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title by defeating Mats Wilander of Sweden 6–2, 6–2, 6–3 in the final at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1988-01-24 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander wins 3rd Australian title; beats home town favourite Pat Cash 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6
  • 1988-06-05 French Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins 3rd French title; beats home favourite Henri Leconte 7-5, 6-2, 6-1
  • 1988-09-11 US Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins his only US title and 7th & final Grand Slam event; beats Ivan Lendl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the longest final in event's history
  • 1993-09-04 Mats Wilander beats fellow Swede Mikael Pernfors in a US Open marathon 7-6, 3-6, 1-6, 7-6, 6-4 in 4 hours, 1 minute; match ends at 2:26am

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