I was privileged to see Patrick Rafter play the other night in Newport Beach as a member of the Philadelphia Freedoms. I noticed he wasn't using his old Prince Warrior or the Prince Ti Response (the "real" Rafter racquet). He was using a red Dunlop which thanks to some sharp posters in the pro gear section I learned is called the "Volley Graphite Rafter." Seemingly a light stick, not a player racquet at all. I assume he weighted it up, but if not just goes to show how a good player can play with anything. And as fun as it is to watch, the big pressure is not there for WTT tennis. Pat looked really good at times, just like the Rafter we all remember from the US Open and Wimbledon. He clearly was having a good time and won doubles with a fellow Aussie, a journeyman doubles specialist named Josh Eagle. He ended the evening with singles against Ramon Delgado, a player from Paraguay, who I believe is in the top 100. Surprisingly Pat proceeded to lose 13 straight points, losing his serve at love and smiling as Delgado just ripped perfect passing shots for winners. When Rafter finally won a point, he threw his arms up in the air to an ovation from the crowd. He then buckled down as Delgado cooled off a bit and the next few games were very competitive with the server holding. Pat was clearly a bit out of shape, breathing a bit hard and going to the towel between almost every point, even playing around with the very young ball kid who had towel duty. It was in these games that the Rafter of old was seen. It was a pleasure to watch. Followed both serves to net and chipped and charged on Delgado's serve at every opportunity. Still (arguably) the best serve/volley game ever. Both players held from that point on and Rafter had to hold the last game for the team to win the match, which he did. At one point in the match he threw up his toss and caught it and said his well known "sorry, mate" and the crowd cheered wildly. He stayed until every kid's autograph was signed and for pictures with the parents and other adults. A true class act as always. He is missed.