I didn’t know what I was doing but my hand-eye coordination and fancy footwork helped me win my first match against a guy who had been playing since he was old enough to walk. I remember every inch of my body was sore the next day. For the next few years, I played every weekend, winning some, losing many. Each year, I look forward to the Miami Open and all the excitement it brings to the city. I’ve been blessed to be able to hang out with a few top-rated players throughout the years, and have even played a few sets against a couple of them. I’ve volunteered at the tournament as a ball boy back when it was known as the Lipton, and then again when it was renamed Sony Ericsson. Each time, I’ve watched on in awe of the power and passion that exudes from the players on the court and the fans in the stands. It’s one of the longest-standing sporting traditions in Miami, and an event I look forward to year after year. Maybe this year I’ll be inspired to dust off my rusty rackets and work on my serve.
“Tennis is much more than a sport — it’s an experience that touches many lives — from the players to the fans, vendors and volunteers.”
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