By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Mats Wilander is coming back to the Winchester Country Club, and anyone interested still has a chance to sign up to play with him.
Wilander, a seven-time grand slam singles tennis champion and former No. 1 player in the world, runs a clinic called Wilander on Wheels. WOW will be coming to the Winchester Country Club on Saturday, May 17.
It is the third consecutive year that WOW has come to the Winchester Country Club.
"It's really big. They keep adding dates to their calendar each year, and the fact that they keep saving a date for us around the same time in May each year means a lot," said Sarah Daywalt, Marketing and Membership Director of Winchester Country Club. "We're glad they do that as they swing through kind of their D.C. part of the tour."
Wilander is joined by his WOW partner Cameron Lickle, who played tennis at the Naval Academy. The pair travel around the country, sometimes for weeks at a time, in an RV. The pair travel to country clubs, racquet clubs and other sports complexes that contract with them for group and private lessons.
The duo will hold three clinics throughout the day at Winchester Country Club. The first is a ladies clinic from 9-10:30 a.m. The second is a juniors clinic held from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., and the third is a men's clinic held from 2-3:30 p.m. There will be eight participants in each clinic.
Cost for the clinic is $300 per person, which includes the luncheon held at the club at 12:30 p.m.
The fee to participate partially goes to a foundation to help raise awareness for the genetic skin disease Epidermal Bulluyosa. Wilander's son was born with a mild form of EB.
Anyone interested can register by calling the Winchester Country Club at 662-3821 or pick up a registration form at the club. Daywalt said she would like to have all the spots filled by no later than May 1.
Wilander was a professional tennis player from 1980-88. The Swede was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002. He won 33 career titles, including three French Open and Australian Open titles each and one U.S. Open title. He also won a Wimbledon doubles title with Joakim Nystrom in 1986.
Wilander was also a big part of a very successful Swedish Davis Cup team in the 1980s. One of his most famous matches was a Davis Cup loss to American John McEnroe. The match lasted six hours and 32 minutes, and is still the longest match in Davis Cup history.
The general public is welcome to stop by and watch the clinic on May 17.
"Even if you're not a tennis fanatic, it is a sight to see," WCC Director of Tennis Jim Scott stated in a news release. "We encourage our members and those with any interest in tennis to stop by and see this really cool program in action."
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