Not everyone can say they’ve gotten to play with the number one and two tennis players in the world, but Eric Hechtman had that chance. The former University of Miami tennis player got the opportunity of a lifetime when UM head coach Mario Rincon asked Hechtman if he would be able to play with Nadal and Federer…Eric jumped at the opportunity.
Yesterday, Eric practiced with Rafael Nadal, who had a day off and warmed Roger Federer up for his match against Andy Roddick. Federer won the late night match in three sets. Hechtman is back at the tournament today, warming up Nadal for his match against Juan Martin Del Potro and practicing with Federer, who has the day off from match play.
The 25 year old had the opportunity to play with top ranked women Venus and Serena Williams, hitting with them before the tournament started and also began teaching at Royal Palm Tennis Club in Pinecrest.
The Miami Herald wrote about Hechtman’s incredible experience, click here to see the article.