Mats Wilander

Mats Wilander ( born August 22, 1964 in Växjö ) is a former Swedish tennis player and television presenter.


Mats Wilander won seven Grand Slam titles ( Australian Open 1983, 1984 and 1988, the French Open in 1982, 1985 and 1988 and the U.S. Open in 1988 ) and three Davis Cup titles with the Swedish team. He was between September 1988 and January 1989, the number 1 in the world of tennis. In addition, he won with his childhood friend Joakim Nyström 1986, the doubles competition at Wimbledon.

In the Davis Cup quarterfinals 1982 Mats Wilander lost to John McEnroe in a 6 hours and 22 minutes long five- set marathon ( 7:9, 2:6, 17:15, 6:3, 6:8 ). This was the longest singles match in the history of the Davis Cup. Up to the first round match of the French Open in 2004 between Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement, the, 3:6 and 16:14 ended with 6:4, 6:3, 6:7 ( 5:7 ), this game was also the longest in the history of professional tennis at all. 1989 Wilander lost the longest match in Davis Cup history after the introduction of the tiebreaker, namely in the quarterfinals against Horst Skoff after 6 hours and 4 minutes 6:75, 7:67, 1:6, 6:4 and 9 7

Wilander won in his career 33 tournaments in singles and seven in doubles. In 1982 he was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal - and awarded the 1983 Radiosportens Jerringpris.

At the French Open in 1995 Wilander tested positive for cocaine, and he was later suspended for three months. In 1996, Wilander back as a tennis player.

Wilander now plays on the ATP Champions Tour. From mid-2001 to mid-2002, he coached the Russian tennis player Marat Safin. There were other activities as a coach, for example, French tennis player Tatiana Golovin ( July 2007 to end of 2007) and the French tennis player Paul- Henri Mathieu in December 2007. Wilander was since 2003 the Swedish Davis Cup captain, he finished the collaboration in October 2009.

Since 2006, Wilander accompanied the French Open and other Grand Slam tournaments as an expert for the pan- European sports broadcaster Euro Sport. During this tournament he hosts since 2007 on the side of Annabel Croft and Barbara Schett also with the support of the evening's live broadcast "Game, Set and Mats " in which the encounters are analyzed by the day.