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Last Friday I worked as a volunteer driver for the latest Champions Series Tennis event in Boston.   A hectic rental car situation that morning resulted in me having to drive Jim Courier in my Honda Accord… coupe.  With this as my first duty of the day, I was quite nervous about his expectation/reaction to the situation (and also wishing I had vacuumed the interior of my car).  Upon relaying our mode transportation to Jim, he simply replied, “That’s fine, it doesn’t matter to me.  I could ride on a moped, as long as we get there.”  That reaction (or non-reaction) put me very much at ease, as he was incredibly polite, very laid back, and thankful for my efforts throughout the day.  In addition to some of the event staff and commentating team, I also had the opportunity to drive the co-owner of the organization which puts on the event; Courier is the other owner.  His name was Jon, and he too was very kind and quite funny.  After showing an interest in me and how my day was going, we talked more about what his day was like and the some of the logistics required for the event.  Their respect and kind treatment during our short interactions really made me feel genuinely appreciated, despite my small role.  It was a great experience overall and I am so glad they bring big tennis names into a market like Boston, even for just one night.

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Comment by Mike Flynn on November 1, 2012 at 3:37pm

Mark, thanks for the FB feature posting.  That's really cool :)

Comment by Mark / The Mayor on November 1, 2012 at 11:44am

Great post Mike.  We just featured this and posted it to our FB.  Hey look, did you know about this repost?:

Comment by Mike Flynn on October 30, 2012 at 10:11am

Yeah Courier was great, and consistent with the experiences based on second-hand info as told by some fans at tournaments.

Comment by Tim Prapong on October 29, 2012 at 2:19pm

I used to live in Boston for a time. Real cool account of Courier. That's even better than a tip from Andre. ;)

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