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Mats Wilander/Mikael Pernfors Tennis Fantasy Camp
The Inn at Essex
70 Essex Way
Essex, VT 05452
(800) 869-0949 
The Inn at Essex
Known for his catlike reflexes and on-court grace, it is no surprise Mats Wilander broke numerous records during his professional tennis career. In 1982, he was the youngest player to win the French Open (17 years, 9 months) until Michael Chang (17 years, 3 months) won Roland Garros in 1989. He was the only man to hold four Grand Slam titles before the age of 21. In 1988, Wilander ended Ivan Lendl's No.1 reign (Lendl was No. 1 for 157 consecutive weeks). He ended his career as a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and collected 33 career singles titles. In recent years, Wilander has worked with Marat Safin and is currently the coach of Sweden's Davis Cup team.

Mikael Pernfors has made his peace with his former nemesis, Mats Wilander. The last time these two Swedes met on the pro circuit was the 1993 U.S. Open when Wilander defeated Pernfors in a marathon five-set match (7-6 3-6 1-6 7-6 6-4) that ended after 2 a.m. This former top 10 player is best known for his crowd-pleasing game full of variety.

Join Wilander and Pernfors for a weekend at the Inn at Essex in Essex, VT., nestled in the panoramic Green Mountains. Your weekend begins with a cocktail reception and dinner Friday night. Saturday features five hours of tennis instruction, followed by another reception and dinner. Round-robin play, relaxing Sunday brunch and an entertaining exhibition singles match with Wilander and Pernfors complete your tennis weekend.

Beyond the baseline, savor a full dinning extravaganza as the Inn at Essex serves as a campus for the New England Culinary Institute.
Retreat Details
  • Two nights' deluxe hotel accommodations (Friday & Saturday evenings).
  • Welcome gift.
  • Saturday morning breakfast.
  • A Friday evening cocktail reception and dinner with Wilander and Pernfors
  • Five hours of instruction on Saturday with the pros, including lunch.
  • Saturday evening reception and dinner by the New England Culinary Institute.
  • Sunday morning instruction and round-robin with the pros.
  • Sunday brunch prepared by the New England Culinary Institute.
  • Exhibition singles match: Wilander vs. Pernfors.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges.
  • Special bonus session available on Friday, including a five-hour session with the pros, lunch and cocktail party and dinner.
  • The Inn at Essex is a AAA four-diamond hotel in a quaint Vermont setting near golf, shopping and movie complex. Located about seven miles from the Vermont International Airport. Shuttle service available.
  • The inn serves as a campus for the New England Culinary Institute. Its three restaurants perform as classrooms for the chefs-in-training, with more than 120 students and chef instructors providing all food and beverages for the restaurants.
  • Guestrooms recently redesigned by local artist Susan Sargent; the grounds feature extensive culinary-themed gardens showcasing fresh herbs and vegetables, a children's playground, fitness center, library, outdoor heated pool and six Har-Tru tennis courts.
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  • Special Friday bonus session available for an additional $500 per person