Fall lands Swedish tennis great Wilander in hospital

Fall lands Swedish tennis great Wilander in hospital
Former world number one Mats Wilander was taken to hospital on the eve of the Australian Open in Melbourne after falling and lacerating a kidney, his company said on Tuesday.

In a Facebook posting Wilander on Wheels, which runs tennis clinics, said it wanted to give an update on his condition because of rumours swirling about the Swede, a commentator for Eurosport.

“Late on Saturday evening Mats sustained a fall in his apartment which caused him to be taken to a local hospital in Melbourne,” the posting said.

“He sustained a laceration to one of his kidneys. This caused internal bleeding. The bleeding has ceased as of 7.00am this morning. He will be out of commission for a while.

“We will keep you updated on his condition if things change. Thanks for everyone’s concerns and enjoy the Open!”

The Swedish tennis legend was in Melbourne to work as a television commentator for the Australian Open tournament.

Wilander, 47, won seven grand slam titles between 1982 and 1988, including three Australian Open titles and three French Open titles, in a glittering career.

Along with countryman Stefan Edberg, Wilander helped to ensure that Swedish men were a force to be reckoned with on the Grand Slam circuit after the retirement of Björn Borg in 1983.

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