Guillermo Vilas, the best Argentine tennis player of all time, turned 70 today in Monaco, where he has lived for a long time, surrounded by the love of his wife Phiang and his daughters, who care for him in the midst of the congenital illness that has affected him since years ago.
Willy is not seen in any photos. Not even today. He does not make public appearances and the family jealously and responsibly protects his privacy.
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Phiangphathu Khumueang, his wife 30 years his junior, posted photos on her Instagram account. One of her from the photo of a cake with the number 70 and another with the four children that she has with Guillermo: Andanin, 19 years old, Lalindao, 12, Intila, 11, and Guillermo, the only one born in Monaco, 5 years old.
The Vilas family was shown wearing a white t-shirt with the figure of Vilas printed in blue, and a very special phrase: “We love to win”.
The former Argentine tennis player was not seen in any of the photos. The family’s strategy is to preserve it. There is an informative lock on his health status that Phiang and his children do not want to be violated.
The message of his daughter Andanin Vilas
“Happy Birthday. My life is not enough to thank you for the things you did for me. I love you forever, I love you for life, “Andanin Vilas, Guillermo’s eldest daughter, posted on his Instagram account.
Guillermo Vilas: 62 ATP titles and an injustice that deprived him of being No. 1 in the world
William Vilas He is the most winning Argentine tennis player in history. Throughout his career, he accumulated more than 900 victories on the ATP professional circuit and achieved a total of 62 titles. Among them, stand out four grand slams, more than any other Latin American athlete. He was proclaimed champion in three of the four Majors, only Wimbledon remained as a pending account.
In 1977, the best year of his career (he won 16 trophies), he won his first two Grand Slams. In Roland Garroscrushed the American Brian Gottfried by 6-0, 6-3 and 6-0. Just a few months later, she won the final of the US Open to nothing more and nothing less than Jimmy Connors, which at that time was No. 2 in the world ranking. After losing the first set 2-6, he recovered and won convincingly in the next three: 6-3, 7-6 and 6-0.
In 1978, Vilas won for the first time the Australian Open, over the grass. In the defining clash he beat the local John Marks by 6-4, 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3. The following year, she established herself again in that tournament, defeating the American in the final John Sadri by 7-6, 6-3 and 6-2.
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Despite his impeccable career, he was never able to reach the top of the world ranking. There were a number of times when he could have taken the lead, but he was always one spot under Jimmy Connors. The reason? The list was not updated as often as it is now, leaving several weeks incomplete.