2007 Kalamazoo 18s champion Michael McClune got the call any young player dreams of, and is currently in Dubai serving as Roger Federer's practice partner as the world No. 1 prepares for The Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships next week. Before we've always heard about these sessions after the fact, but this time, McClune's coach Nick Fustar is doing a daily blog while on the trip, so you can read about the process as it unfolds.
When I spoke to Brad Stine last month at the Tennis Plaza Cup, he mentioned the U.S. Open hitting session with Federer that Fustar refers to in this entry, which was a kind of audition I guess, for the part McClune is now playing.
Fustar, by the way, serves as an assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis teams at Santa Clara when he is not working with and traveling with McClune.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008