US Former Wildcat Great Joe Schafer ’13 Hits With Pros at the Open

Joe Schafer '13 was working on a new drone law, fair labor standards act and anti-trust litigation as a law intern at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) this summer until, unexpectedly, the assignment led him to serve as warm-up hitting partner with some of the top players in the world at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

Schafer earned many accolades as the number one singles and doubles player all four years of his Davidson career. Three years later he was beginning law school at the University of Buffalo in the hopes of a career in the front office of a major professional sports organization. Toward that end he signed on as an intern in the corporate office of the United States Tennis Association. A chance inter-office match against the director of tennis programs at the USTA's Billie Jean King National Tennis Center confirmed his still-considerable skills on the court, and earned him an invitation to hit with the pros at Flushing Meadows.

"The experience I got here was second to none, and I'm sure all of my colleagues back home will be very jealous!" he said.

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  • September 2, 2016