Originally Posted by SystemicAnomaly
It could be just a coincidence, but Mats had a reservation for the ill-fated Pan-Am flight 103
in Dec '88 but, for some reason did not board. This possibly had a profound effect on him. In late 1988, Mats was also instrumental in the demise of the Gran Prix and its replacement with the ATP Tour:
This may have been a bit of a distraction from his tennis playing.
Wilander's form was in decline before Pan-Am Flight 103. Check out his late 1988 form (i.e. after he won Palermo), in particular going 0-3 at the Masters and the Davis Cup final debacle in Sweden.