Not too many people can say they've fooled the world's No. 1 professional tennis player with a trick shot.
Ray Collins can.
Collins, a marketing and media professional from Sarasota, got the chance to play against Novak Djokovic last week in Miami during the Sony Open.
The former news anchor, ABC 7 on-air personality and travel writer was invited to be one of the media members who could play one point with the pros during a charity event. A YouTube video of their match shows Collins making a nifty behind-the-back return to beat Djokovic, winner of six Grand Slams and the top-ranked player on the ATP World Tour.
"It was so surreal, my brain wasn't really working," Collins said via email about his experience. "I was in a fog. It was like I was watching someone else do it."
The video, which includes Hall of Famer Cliff Drysdale doing commentary, has already gotten more than 4,000 hits on YouTube.
Collins said he wasn't too nervous stepping onto the court with pros Djokovic, Andy Murray and Ana Ivanovic. He's played the sport his whole life, in high school and college and in various tournaments over the years.
And how did Djokovic react to Collins' trick shot?
"He just said, 'Great shot,' and I said, 'Did I just do that?' and we both laughed," Collins said.
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