15-Year-Old Cancer Patient Meets Tennis Star Andy Murray

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    A 15-year-old battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma had the opportunity to meet tennis player Andy Murray, thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation. (Published Thursday, Mar 20, 2014)

    Kyle Fonda made a wish and it came true. The 15-year-old with Hodgkin's Lymphoma met tennis player Andy Murray and also got to practice with the champion on a Sony Open court.

    The Make-A-Wish Foundation flew Fonda and his family down from Gloversville, New York, to Miami to make his wish come true.

    "It was awesome. To hit with Andy Murray, it was just really cool," said Kyle Fonda.

    The teen was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma six months ago. He is now in remission and was able to make the trip to meet his favorite athlete.

    "I hope he has a great day and if I contributed a little bit towards that then great," said Andy Murray.

    Fonda has only been playing tennis for about two years, but Murray says he put on a pretty good match.

    "He was better than my hitting partner today, that's for sure. My hitting partner was making a lot of mistakes. But [Kyle] was good," joked Murray.

    After playing tennis with Murray, posing for pictures, and getting fitted with Fila tennis gear, Kyle received much more than he wished for. The teen also got to watch Rafael Nadal practice and sat in at a press conference with more of the sport's best players.

    "It's just awesome," said Fonda.

    Kyle also got a tour of the Sony Open Tournament facilities. On Friday, he will have the opportunity to flip the coin prior to Murray's match.