Mats Wilander Eurosport Wimbledon commentary

Grand Slam winner Wilander makes hilarious comment about British tennis losers

If you think it’s just the players that get competitive at Wimbledon then think again as Mats Wilander showed by pointing out the number of players that have made a name for themselves even though they lost!


Mats Wilander is the face of Europsort’s tennis coverage but he’s also a 7 time Grand Slam winner which means he’s very competitive and that streak was never more apparent when he was being quizzed on the prospect of relatively unknown British youngster Jay Clarke facing Federer at Wimbledon tomorrow.

Wilander said, “The experience will be amazing for a 20 year old in his home tournament. It will be unbelievable and I know people who have made a living out of nearly beating top players. I wasn’t exactly in Roger’s class and it happened to me when I was seeded here – someone like Andrew Castle took me to five sets in the first couple of rounds and it was huge.”

Andrew Castle is now a well respected tennis commentator and TV personality having had stints on popular breakfast TV show GMTV as well as regular appearances as part of the BBC tennis commentary team. Before his TV career he was a professional tennis player who reached a career high ATP Ranking of 80 in the world and total prize money of $344,337.

Wilander went on to say of the Clarke v Federer clash, “It is huge for Jay Clarke, though, and he’ll be looking forward to it. It’s tricky for the Brits when they play the top guys here – are you playing to win or are you playing to save face? If you don’t play to win against Federer then you are going to look like you can never compete. However, you’d rather play Federer than Nadal or Djokovic at this stage if you had to choose.”

Enjoy Wimbledon even more with our exclusive, 164 page, ‘Guide to Wimbledon 2019‘

To find out how to get tickets for Wimbledon this year read our 9 point guide here

For all the latest Wimbledon news before, during and after the tournament make sure you bookmark our ‘Wimbledon News’ section here

If you can’t visit the tournament then do the next best thing and read our guide on how to watch Wimbledon on television

To read more amazing articles like this you can explore Tennishead magazine here or you can subscribe for free to our email newsletter

Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.