Ok, this guy has won SEVEN, I repeat... *SEVEN* grandslams and yet a lot of people do not know him. I personally have never seen him play, all I hear about are McEnroe, Sampras, Lendl, Borg, Becker, Edberg, Connors, etc. But why is Wilander so ignored? I just know NOTHING about him.
Did you guys follow tennis when he was on top and won all these grandslams? I know that some people say that he was not a "flashy" player like the rest that I mentionned, but I rarely see him mentionned as one of the all-time greats. But his accomplishements are :eek: Winning 7 grandslams is not a joke.
Jul 14th, 2002, 05:04 PM
Yes he was brilliant but boring, never missed really. really consistent of the ground, and he did win the AUS Open on grass as well as on Rebound Ace, so technically he did win on all 4 surfaces as well so he beat Andre to that feat ( just missed Wimbledon)
1988 he won 3 of 4 slams and he got to #1 , and got bored, took time off and never regained his appetite.
Jul 14th, 2002, 05:15 PM
I think because he never did well at wimbledon and for some reason that's what counts the most.
I mean Lendl doesn't get the respect he deserves for the same reason!
I think it's dumb but that's only my opinion!
Jul 14th, 2002, 06:09 PM
I know nothing more about him apart from he almost won the year grand slam in 1988.
Wasn't he involved in some drugs scandal and given a ban a couple of years ago ?
Jul 14th, 2002, 08:01 PM
I was a big fan of Mats (only one "t") years ago. The match I remember best was his 5-set win against Cash at the Australian Open final. He beat Cash with his own weapons. He took the net. Cash's passing shots were worse that Mats' volleys...
He was not boring, I started to watch tennis because of him. He was really cool (like his fellow Swede tennis player Edberg). They said he could hit a stamp at the baseline with his backhand. He was very fast (Becker once said that he would like to have his legs and his backhand). He could pass very well. He earned his no. 1 by winning 3 of the 4 GS. He won the Australian Open as one of two players on grass and on hardcourt (Edberg was the other one).
He stopped playing tennis shortly after becomming no. 1. He said he missed the motivation to go on. He became father and then restarted but was never as successful.
And yes there were rumours about him taking drugs (I think it was Cocain). But that was long after his best tennis time.
He was welcomed to the tennis hall of fame this year during the Australian Open and won together with Cash one of the GS as doubles team in 35 and over (I think it was Paris).
He is one of the all-time greats. It seems as tennis is still part of his life.
BTW: He almost played as good the guitarre and golf and a sport called rollerball which is famous in Scandinavia.
Wow, it seems like I know a lot of him... Good luck to Mats for his life after tennis!
Jul 14th, 2002, 08:18 PM
Stefan didn't win the AUS on Rebound Ace although he came close a few times
Stefan won the AUS the last two times it was played on grass in 1985 and 1987
Jul 15th, 2002, 08:40 AM
Sorry eggy (if I may say so). So Mats was the only one who won it both on gras and on hardcourt?
Even more of an achievement. Thanks for correcting the stats, but even then I won't forgive you for writing that he was boring :fiery:
But I have to tell you that I'm amazed about how much you know about tennis. (By reading some of your post). Do you know all this by heart or do you check it in books? Anyway it's great to have someone like you on the board. Thanks!
Why are nearly all of you faves from Russia? Is nationality more important than character/game style? No offense, I'm just asking since my faves are not from Germany (and have never been). I disliked this hype which was done around Steffi and Boris. Therefor I had/have different faves like Monica, Arantxa and Mats.:wavey: