My hit with a wily old man. Highest ranked player I've ever hit with.
This happened a bit ago, but I figured I would share. I was at the tennis courts hitting around and mostly practicing my serve when this old man comes up and asks me if I want to play.
I'm sure that when you guys get asked to play you sort of visually scout the person to see if they're any good or not. I shrugged and I was like sure. We get into the rallies and he's playing me with the bait/switch. He lets me dictate the point to a certain length then randomly changes his pace and overwhelms me. We play several challenging rallies before stopping for a water break and he tells me that he was once on the ATP tour.
Before you get excited, he played no maindraw events anywhere and he said his best career highlight was playing the Indian Wells qualifying one year. Still, for me, it was the highest ranked player I'd ever hit with. I've also played doubles with a guy who played on the futures/satellite tour.