Wilander falls, in hospital

2012-01-17 09:46

Melbourne - 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 7:00 am 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!"

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