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Former world No. 1 tennis player Mats Wilander is running a traveling clinic out of his Class C motorhome, giving coaching lessons to anyone who calls a special hotline, the Melbourne, Australia Herald Sun reported.
American tennis players who dial 787-GET-GAME can secure the services of the Swedish champion for a mere $200 per person for a 1 1/2- hour lesson for eight people at their own club.
“At first I thought it was a joke,” said Andrew White, a member at Bear Lakes Country Club in Florida, where Wilander has visited the past two years.
“Then he showed up.”
Head tennis pro at Miami’s Fisher Island, George Bezecny, said Wilander’s traveling camp was “just weird.”
“He doesn’t have to do this. It’s amazing that he does.”
Wilander won almost $8 million in prize money in his career, earning more in endorsements and exhibitions, and said he created the camp after tennis enthusiasts complained traveling to other camps was too expensive.
“So I thought, ‘Why don’t I come to you?'” Wilander said.
“I love camping out, I love teaching tennis.”
Wilander said he and his tennis partner would often stay for lunch or dinner with their pupils, and even ask permission to sleep in the parking lot.
“Sometimes it’s too late to find a trailer park or a campsite,” Wilander said.