Most famous player you've ever played....

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  1. topsltennis

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    I'm sure this has been discussed several times before, but I haven't seen it since I joined, so.......


    For me, it was Malavai Washington in a junior event in Pensacola, FL. That year, just before Agassi turned pro, a group from Bolleteri came up and in my draw was Washington, Courier, Wheaton, and Agassi. Agassi lost in the finals to a guy from Mobile, AL. I was able to track down the draw sheet several years later after I taught for a little while at the club where that event took place.
     
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  2. pr0n8r

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    When I was a junior at Indigo Country Club in Daytona, my friend and I got to hit briefly with Manuela Maleeva, who was the touring pro for the club at the time (around 1989). I didn't play her, but that's the best I've got. We were always hanging out at the club, and we just got lucky to catch her before her coach arrived.
     
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  3. federer envies me

    federer envies me Semi-Pro

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    I got to hit with eric buterac i cincinnati
     
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  4. Douggo

    Douggo Semi-Pro

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    I almost got to play Tom Lyden, who is a reporter for the local Fox news. But he sent a sub.
    How's that for fame, folks? Top that!
     
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  5. coloskier

    coloskier Legend

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    Played J McEnroe numerous times in juniors. Lost 6 singles matches (got blasted).
     
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  6. l_gonzalez

    l_gonzalez Professional

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    I hit with Jiri Novak in Prague a few months ago, the guy is absoultely awesome.
     
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  7. Murray_Maniac

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    I haven't played any1 special, but my former pro coach has played Lleyton Hewitt and Vince Spadea. He got smoked by Hewitt. He made Spadea throw up, lol.
     
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  8. pmerk34

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    Nothing to be ashamed of he turned out pretty good.
     
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  9. AsgerHO

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    Practiced with Robert Smeets, think he´s about 160 right now, and Sam Stosur, both in Brisbane, Australia
     
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  10. downthewall

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    played Richie Reneburg and got 1 set off of him. then got bageld in the 3rd. lol
     
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  11. emcee143

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    Played Sam Querrey during highschool and juniors.
     
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  12. tykrum

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    I played with my best friend in high school against the Jensen bros, just 4 games for fun. They let me and my partner win our serves.

    Before Butorac became a pro, he looked up my friend's number to ask him to hit even though he lived 45 minutes away. My friend turned him down because he was going to piano camp for the summer!
     
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  13. The balls in your court.

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    Rod laver , at the pilot penn. it was a promotion....he told me to flatten my forehand.

    Tim Mayotte former #8
     
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  14. Douggo

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    Oh, I forgot. Roy Emerson fed me a couple balls at this drill thingie a few years ago. Does that count?
     
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  15. coloskier

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    Yeah, I actually had one 6-4 set against him (I lost the set). I was 18 and he was 15, but you could see the talent. He came in behind EVERYTHING, with that big lefty hook serve.
     
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  16. BigT

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    I hit with Nathan Healey and Harel Levy(former #30) at a challenger.
     
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  17. riggy 69

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    Rafael Nadal once as a junior
     
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  18. pound cat

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    I 'v e seen the top 10 players at tournaments . . Oh yes, I had lessons form Ella Wilson in Northwestern Ontario on clay. Does that count?
     
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  19. babolat141

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    i played wth jimmy page
     
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    oops i didnt know we were talking about tennis
     
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    lol seriously? Was he any good? :)
     
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  22. MLoutch

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    In the Jrs I was at Port Washington and had the honor of getting my butt kicked by J Mac and Vitas Gerulaitus - When I took lessons from Vitas's dad got to play doubles with B Borg and Ruta (Vitas's sister) - very cool -

    Played a few times with Ilie Nastase after he bought an apartment in our building a few yrs ago in Paris. Super cool guy
     
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    How did that go?
     
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  24. @wright

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    I played and lost to Renee Richards. I was initially dissappointed about losing to a girl, until I realized who it was.
     
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  25. pmerk34

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    What a nightmare. I hardly ever see lefties playing anyway around the clubs and then to have one with those skills come against you....
     
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  26. pmerk34

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    Remember Mayotte well very very good serve and volleyer
     
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    Hit with Wayne Bryan
     
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  28. moonbat

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    I got rejected by Martina Navratilova and I wasn't even hitting on her...does that count?
     
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  29. subtleskeptics

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    Played Vania King in a round robin event.
     
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    Ahh, the Bulgarian tennis player. Interesting.
     
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  31. moonbat

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    I hit with Donald Young once...I think he was eight.
     
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  32. xtremerunnerars

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    Casey Watt or Fratangelo is about it. A few ~300 WTA players.
     
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  33. crazytennis

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    A really nice coach who gave me a couple of free backhand lessons had played with Borg in the first round of Wimbledon or Junior Wimbledon. Also, Marat had come to my club and hit with the players there when I was out of country for a couple of months. I found out a couple of weeks after I left.

    I haven't really played with anybody famous.
     
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  34. Murray_Maniac

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    Wasn't he a wannabe Borg when he was that young?
     
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  35. flyer

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    my brother and i played the bryans in mini tennis set up in the middle of cinci for a game....we won a point...does that count?
     
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    LOL, nice. That's awesome. Hair and all?
     
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    James Blake was my partner at 2001 Indian wells.. We lost 7-6 to Paes and my friend.. Yup.. It hurts when James Blake blew the first 3 points of the tie breakers.. That was a beautiful Tiffany trophy.. Everytime I come to my friend house and see the tropy I can't forget that moment.. James came along way since then.. He was not that good at that time..

    Yeah.. I hit with Guga, Verker, Clisjter but well they are all retired..
     
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  38. flyer

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    is casey watt the kid from PA?
     
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  40. Jason Sugai

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    i've played the bryan brother's (growing up in so cal juniors), kevin kim, michael russell in the 12's- 14's. have a winning record (singles) over bob bryan! but not over mike :)
     
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  41. The balls in your court.

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    Hey cool...someone remembers him!!! By the way anyone can hit with him for $170 bucks. He is a tennis pro at a club in NYC called the manhattan plaza raquet club. Its kind of cool playing against a world class serve and volleyer who During his competitive career, defeated Connors (three times), McEnroe (twice), Wilander, Becker (twice), Agassi, Sampras and other tennis greats .....go book a lesson (theres a photo of him now on the website as well) :

    http://www.manhattanplazaracquetclub.com/www.manhattanplazaracquetclub.com_files/Page406.htm
     
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  42. DropWeight

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    I played 1 set against Rafa in Mallorca...I was 14 and he 12. I won 7:5
     
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  44. MLoutch

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    nope - left Forest Hills and Howard Beach (went to HS at Beach Channel - it was a brand new school in the mid 70's and you had to apply to go there back then) in 1979 to play collage tennis in Texas - other than a 5 yr stint in France and 3 more in Chicago I have stayed in Houston ever since when i married a "native" Texan.
     
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  45. Andres

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    I was part of a basketball clinic with Magic Johnson when I was 12. We were 8 boys or so. I'll scan the newspaper and be right back.

    Beat that! :D
     
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  46. MLoutch

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    sorry double post - hiccup on my laptop
     
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    Has he changed much?
     
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  48. Lendl and Federer Fan

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    I hit with Lendl once in the 90s, and since then I am Federer's ballboy, I hope he'll reward me one day, just a half hour hitting session is all I wish for. :)
     
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    If King Fed does not hit with me, I will try to be the nastiest ******* here. :)
     
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  50. The balls in your court.

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    bullsheet
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