BLOOMINGTON – Eight-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander will highlight a weekend of events to celebrate Evergreen Racquet Club’s 50th anniversary from September 23-25.
Wilander will be leading drills with select club members along with friend and former Illinois State star Ian Symmonds. There will be exhibits on Wilander’s strategy and preparation for his Grand Slam events from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on September 23 and 24 at 3202 E. Washington Street in Bloomington.
The exhibits are free and open to the public.
A native of Sweden, Wilander won his first Grand Slam singles title at the 1982 French Open aged 17 and won the French, Australian and US Opens for a total of seven singles titles, plus a doubles title at Wimbledon. He was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1988.
Wilander is currently a commentator for Eurosport at Grand Slam events and runs a tennis club in Idaho, where he and his family reside.
Evergreen Racquet Club opened in 1972 when a group of tennis enthusiasts and community leaders collaborated to create an indoor tennis facility that would allow them to play tennis year-round. The club offers eight indoor courts, four outdoor courts, pickleball courts and a racquetball court.
The staff includes six tennis professionals and two pickleball professionals. Evergreen received the prestigious USTA Facility of the Year award in 2019 and regularly hosts United States Tennis Association leagues and tournaments for adults and juniors.
Evergreen is also home to several community organizations, including weekly pickleball and tennis clinics for adults with disabilities affiliated with Tennis Buddies at Evergreen and Choose to Shine. The club also hosts the Special Olympics District and State Tennis Tournament, Bloomington Normal Tennis Association leagues and tournaments, and several pickleball tournaments while serving as the indoor home for the men’s and women’s tennis teams in the ISU and Illinois Wesleyan.
Contact Jim Benson at (309) 820-3404. Follow him on Twitter: @Pg_Benson