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Wilander, Pernfors Headline Spring Into Tennis In Nashville

March 3, 2009 02:46 PM

Middle Tennessee Tennis AssociationEnterprise Electric, LLC presents SPRING into TENNIS - a community event hosted by the Middle Tennessee Tennis Association and Hillwood/Whitworth Tennis & Country Club, Nashville, Tenn. The purpose of the event is support and promote tennis in a fun environment for a life long experience. This event is open to the public and space is limited.

On Saturday, April 4 from 10 am to 3 pm, several of Middle Tennessee area’s top tennis professionals will be on court to conduct drills, provide guidance and offer instruction. All players from beginners to advanced are invited to attend.

For adults and children under 10 who are first time beginners, the USTA (UnitedStates Tennis Association) will have instructors on hand to introduce the QuickStart format that’s easy for adults and brings the game “down to size” for kids. The racquets, balls and court size have all been modified to suit the age of the child.

For juniors, intermediate and advanced players, the top pros from area clubs and facilities will put participants through the paces with drills, from ground strokes to volleys.

At 1pm, for players and all tennis fans alike, two Swedish tennis legends will be on hand to square off on court. Seven-time grand slam champion and former number one player in the world, Mats Wilander will play an exhibition with fellow countryman and former top ten player Mikael Pernfors. Both currently play on the Outback Champions tour.

Representatives from equipment manufacturers Prince,Head and Wilson will also be on hand with racquets and gear ready to be tested and purchased at a considerable discount.

About the Pros
Mats Wilander
(born August 22, 1964, in Vaxjo, Sweden) is one of the preeminent players from the golden era of Swedish tennis. Wilander imposed his will from the baseline with punishing ground strokes and tactical precision. His initial success came on the red clay at Roland Garros, where he won his first Grand Slam, but he adapted his game to win on all surfaces - even Wimbledon, where he won his only Slam title in doubles.

Wilander burst onto the pro scene in 1982, winning the French Open as an unseeded 17-year-old. He won Australian Opens back to back in 1983 and 1984. In 1988, he was the most dominant player on the ATP Tour, winning three of the four Slams. Only three other male players -- Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer -- have accomplished that feat in the Open era. In all, he won 8 Grand Slams - 7 in singles (3 French, 3 Australian, 1 U.S.) and 1 in doubles (Wimbledon). He won the season-ending Masters Singles title twice ('83 and '88).

Wilander played on 11 Davis Cup teams for Sweden, helping his country win the Cup in successive seasons from 1984-1987. Overall, Wilander won 40 career titles: 33 in singles; 7 in doubles.

Mikael Pernfors (born July 16, 1963 in Malmo, Sweden) was the only player in the history of NCAA tennis to win back-to-back singles championships. The titles came in 1984 and '85 and in that second year he led his Georgia squad to the team championship as well.

Pernfors was a finalist at the French Open in 1986, losing to Ivan Lendl. He played Davis Cup for his native Sweden in 1986, '87 and '89, helping his team reach the final in 1986. Mikael achieved this highest rank in singles - No. 10 - in 1986. His pinnacle in doubles came when he ranked No. 32 in 1988. During the course of his career, Pernfors had wins over Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Mats Wilander and John McEnroe. Overall, Pernfors won 4 career titles: 3 in singles; 1 in doubles.

 

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