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Miss. college tennis player helps Novak Djokovic prep for French Open before championship

Leo Bresson (L) and Novak Djokovic (R)
Leo Bresson (L) and Novak Djokovic (R)(William Carey University)
Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 10:54 AM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WLBT) - A William Carey University tennis star got to work with the best player in the world recently.

Novak Djokovic recently won the French Open, his 19th major championship.

Before that, Djokovic had to defeat Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

That’s where William Carey senior Leo Bresson comes in.

“Nadal is a lefty, so Novak was looking for a left-handed practice partner to get the perfect preparation. Leo is a lefty, too, and was chosen to be his practice partner the day before the semi-final. Novak Djokovic ended up beating Rafael Nadal and considered the match to be one of the best three he’s ever played,” said WCU head tennis coach Marc Lux said.

Bresson, in his hometown of Normandy, France, got to train with the top player in the world.

Bresson is ranked number 2 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and was named an All-American in 2021.

“It’s an amazing experience to share a court with someone like Djokovic. Not many people get to train with the No. 1 in the world in a Grand Slam Tournament like the French Open. He is 100 percent going to be a legend in this sport. He is already – but in the end, I think he will have more Grand Slams than Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal,” Bresson said.

Bresson still has one season left in college. He will return to Mississippi this fall to finish his degree.

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