Tennis scholarship student describes playing against Nadal

Rafael Nadal and Mike Digby practicing at Aorangi Park, Wimbledon. PHOTO: Mike Digby

Rafael Nadal and Mike Digby practicing at Aorangi Park, Wimbledon. PHOTO: Mike Digby - Credit: Mike Digby

A student from South Norfolk has described his experience playing against the world's top tennis players as humbling.

Novak Djokovic and Mike Digby at a practice session at Wimbledon. PHOTO: Mike Digby

Novak Djokovic and Mike Digby at a practice session at Wimbledon. PHOTO: Mike Digby - Credit: Mike Digby

Mike Digby, from Norwich Road in Wymondham, arrived at Wimbledon on June 27 having landed a job as a practice partner.

The 20-year-old said: 'I practiced beside Rafa [Nadal] on Sunday. It was incredible to see how he practices and what kind of drills he does during the tournament.

'I sat down with him after and he gave me some advice on my tennis and how to improve. It was a humbling experience and has given me even more motivation'

Mr Digby is studying on a tennis scholarship at Davenport University in Michigan majoring in Sports Management.


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He said: 'Practicing with all the top guys in the world is a good way of testing yourself against the very best.

'It's a good way to see how my game is developing and what they do differently to me.'

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