Star Tribune Features Steve Wilkinson

Posted on June 19th, 2011 by

Steve Wilkinson

Star Tribune columnist Gail Rosenblum wrote a feature story on former Gustavus Adolphus College head men’s tennis coach Steve Wilkinson. The story appeared in the newspaper’s Sunday, June 19 edition.

Rosenblum writes, “Steve Wilkinson’s flight Sunday to London’s Wimbledon with wife, Barb, represents many things. Courage, certainly. Gratitude. An ending and a beginning.

Diagnosed with kidney cancer three years ago, the tall, lean Wilkinson, 70, is graciously realizing it’s unlikely he will play tennis into his 90s, as he once hoped. Although weakened by chemotherapy and radiation, he remains mentally sharp.

So when Eric Butorac, one of the world’s top doubles players, asked Wilkinson to coach him courtside at Wimbledon, a dream request, Wilkinson didn’t hesitate. But the gratitude is all Butorac’s.”

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