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Tennis great Wilander recovers after injury

Former world number one Mats Wilander has been released from hospital following treatment after he fell and lacerated a kidney, his company said on Friday.

Tennis great Wilander recovers after injury

In a Facebook posting Wilander on Wheels (WOW), which runs tennis clinics, gave an update on the condition of the Swede, a commentator for Eurosport.

“To give everyone an update on Mats’ condition… Mats has been released from the hospital and is recovering at a hotel,” the message, posted on Thursday, said.

“In the end, Mats received a blood transfusion of three units of blood (a little less than a litre) and accepted the transfusion well! He is healing properly and hopes to be on his feet shortly for GAME SET MATS!

“He will not be playing tennis for at least one month. WOW’s schedule for the month of February will need to be postponed. WOW is hopeful to resume operations sometime in March…. Thanks for everyone’s concerns.”

Wilander was taken to hospital in Melbourne on the eve of the Australian Open after a fall in his apartment on Saturday in which he lacerated one of his kidneys, causing internal bleeding.

The Swedish former number one was in Melbourne to work as a television commentator for the Australian Open tournament.

Wilander, 47, won seven grand slam singles titles, including three Australian Open titles, in a glittering career.

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

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Björn Borg’s son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut

Four decades after Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg won a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, his 16-year-old son Leo Borg is reportedly set to make his debut at the tournament.

Björn Borg's son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut
Leo Borg's Wimbledon debut is yet to be officially confirmed. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

According to reports in British tabloid The Sun and Swedish tabloid Expressen, Borg will be awarded a wildcard to play in the Wimbledon junior event.

“Leo is very grateful about getting a wildcard for the qualifiers to junior Wimbledon,” Björn Borg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It will be an incredible experience and useful practice for the future,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Wimbledon tournament did not want to confirm the decision, only saying that wildcard announcements and the main draw for the Juniors tournament would be made next week.

If confirmed, Leo Borg’s Wimbledon debut comes 39 years after Björn Borg defeated American rival John McEnroe, winning him his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The iconic match has been called one of the greatest matches of all time and the story was adapted for the screen in the 2017 feature film Borg vs McEnroe, where Leo, bearing a striking resemblance to his fatther, played a younger version of Björn Borg.

During the 1970s and early 1980s Björn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledons and six French Opens.


Björn Borg after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980. Photo: Scanpix/TT

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