How 'Swede' It Was: Wilander vs. 'Borg' last weekend in Houston
NEW YORK, May 1, 2012 - More than 200 fans saw Donnay brand
ambassador Mats Wilander take on fellow
Swedish countryman and former ATP Tour
player Niclas Kroon in a fun exhibition
at the Galleria Tennis & Athletic Club
(GTAC) in Houston.
However, Kroon, who now serves as a GTAC
teaching professional, just wasn’t
himself during the match – he opted to
show up dressed like another famous
tennis Swede, Bjorn Borg, right down to
the snug-fitting Fila shorts and Donnay
(wooden) Allwood racquet.
Further testament that Kroon’s was
having an “out of body experience” at
the GTAC exo was when he actually won
the match, 10-8, against eight-time
Grand Slam Mats.
Kroon’s highest ATP rank was No. 46 in
1989 and he won a lone singles title –
at Brisbane in 1989.
But maybe Kroon’s most memorable
on-court moment was his invention of the
fist-pump symbol “Vicht” move. The Vicht
was adapted by Mats and other athletes,
including Lleyton Hewitt, and other
world-class athletes including soccer
stars and swimmers.
After losing to Kroon at the GTAC club,
the affable Mats joked, “I will
definitely be back for my revenge.”
Prior to the Wilander-Kroon singles
match, the two Swedes defeated former
Houston ATP pros Tommy Ho and Graydon
Oliver 6-4 in a well-played and
crowd-pleasing one-set doubles match.
Also on hand was Donnay brand ambassador
Peter Lundgren, a former ATP player and
coach of top players such as Roger
Federer, Marat Safin and Marcelo Rios.
Peter was on hand throughout the day to
give valuable on-court tips at the
The finale was an outstanding musical
performance by Wilander on guitar along
with the Trey Clark Band in front of a
The next day Saturday Wilander and his
WOW touring partner Cameron Lickle
conducted a series of much-appreciated
drill sessions for members of the
Houston Racquet Club followed by an open
house Q&A lunch session.
Former Martina Navratilova coach and
Donnay sales representative Craig Cardon
led an entertaining on-court interview
with Mats where some ”inside” tales of
the tour were shared with the members of
Mike Stavinoah received a signed and
personalized Donnay racquet for his
efforts in bringing the WOW experience
to the very hospitable Houston Racquet
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