Mats Wilander, a Swiss national who was a former No. 1 tennis player in the world was the youngest man to win a Grand Slam singles title when he defeated Guillermo Vilas in the French Open when he was only 17 years old.
Born on August 22, 1964 in Vaxjo, Sweden, this tennis superstar won 33 singles title and 7 doubles title during his entire career. He is also a vital member of the Sweden’s Davis Cup team throughout the 1980s. But Wilander’s most memorable Davis Cup was the match he lost against the United States player John McEnroe.
Wilander debuted in the professional tour in 1980. In 1982, he surprised the tennis world by becoming the Grand Slam winner in the singles division. He also won three additional tournaments in that same year, making him the No. 7 tennis player in the world ranking. The following year, he won nine tournaments, moving his rank up to No. 4. His world ranking continued to climb until he became the No. 1 world tennis player in 1988, having won his 7th Grand Slam singles title.
In 1989, Wilander’s world tennis ranking took a downward turn when he started losing major tennis matches and ended up being the No. 46 player in 1995. He retired after losing his 1996 final match to Martin Damm.
Now in his senior years, he is currently residing in Hailey, Idaho, U.S. with his wife Sonja. He still competes in senior tours and did some coaching jobs. He also served as the captain of the Sweden Davis Cup team in his retirement years.