Here’s something you don’t see very often in the world of professional tennis. While warming up for her Australian Open match, tennis star Maria Sharapova noticed a strange, dead spot on the court.
“It was a little bit strange,” she said. “I thought Nike had put some extra cushioning in my shoes!”
The chair umpire came over to check the court and attempted to bounce a tennis ball on the dead spot, only it didn’t bounce at all!
It seems the steamy temperatures in Melbourne created an air-filled pocket to form under the court’s surface. Workers were able to drill two small holes in the court, which took care of the problem.
Sharapova, by the way, went on to win her match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to round four.
Check out the amazing video of the dead spot below.
- Australian Open 2010: Maria Sharapova scrapes through in a narrow victory (mirror.co.uk)
- Dead Spot At Australian Open Causes 20-Minute Delay (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Australian Open Video: Watch Bizarre Dead Spot Bring Match to a Halt (bleacherreport.com)