Six random things that interrupted tennis matches – from sex noises to streaker
Tennis and bizarre aren't usually two words associated with each other – but on the rare occasion, the sport can turn from quiet and mild-mannered to shocking and even X-rated.
While most matches go off without a hitch, some can be interrupted by the most random of events which leave the stars on the court and the fans in the stands equally stunned at what it is going on.
The following six entries make a mockery of those who believe tennis is merely a boring past time, and show that you can expect the unexpected when you tune into Wimbledon this year.
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Loud sex noises
When Frances Tiafoe faced off against Mitchell Krueger at the 2017 Sarasota Open, laughter began to spread among the crowd during the second set as some less-than PG noises started to ring out around the arena.
Initially thought to be an "adult video" on a crowd member's phone by the commentator, it soon became apparent that it was in fact coming from a nearby apartment where a couple were enjoying some action of their own.
American Tiafoe could hardly believe his ears, so much so that he shouted out: "It can't be that good." The joke had those in attendance in stitches even more before the game eventually resumed.
While sex noises might be distracting, what happened at the Acapulco Open last year was downright scary. As Alexander Zverev and Dominik Koepfer battled it out in their semi-final tie, the Mexican city was hit with an earthquake.
Amazingly, the pair played on while the camera shook. The 5.7 magnitude quake did bring the game to a halt after that, with German Zverev admitting: “I didn’t know what happened.
"Neither did Dominik. We just heard the crowd. I guess the lights started shaking and the crowd felt it more than we did. We were running around the court, so we had to play a point during the earthquake."
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The last thing Norbert Gombos needed as he tried to turn the tide against Jannik Sinner in February 2020 was any distractions. Unfortunately for him, perhaps the most annoying noise in the world could then be heard as a car alarm went off.
The Slovakian did his best to ignore it with some tennis ball keepy uppies, but the delay was lengthy with the vehicle owner and the keys nowhere in sight.
So instead of letting the time go to waste, he and his Italian opponent invited a ball boy and girl onto the court to have a rally while the bizarre situation was resolved.
With tennis played almost everywhere in the world, it can bring about unique scenarios not seen in other sports. Case in point, the 2017 Miami Open.
An iguana interrupted Tommy Haas' clash with Jiri Vesely, despite the umpire wanting to play on with it on the sidelines. Vesely refused while Haas, clearly much more of an animal lover, went over to the giant lizard and took a selfie with it.
In comical fashion, the scaly creature managed to evade two capture attempts, sparking mass hysteria by running across the court. Eventually, the four-legged watcher-on was caught and the game carried on.
Tennis crowds are, for the most part, very respectful. But three fans ended up being banned from the US Open for two years after a brawl broke out in the stands in 2010 during a Novak Djokovic match.
A woman confronted a man, unhappy with his behaviour and language. A verbal dispute turned physical when she slapped him round the face.
The woman's elderly father then got involved, grabbing him and causing them both to tumble down two rows of seats. The heated altercation was certainly an unusual sight for tennis goers.
Wimbledon had never seen anything like it until waitress Melissa Johnson delayed the 1996 final by streaking centre court while wearing a skimpy pinny which she tore down to bare all.
"I'm a naughty girl – and I've got a wild streak in me. I just said to the people I was working with, 'I'm going to do it, I am going to get my kit off'," Melissa said.
"When the players came out I thought, 'It's now or never', so I just did it. I didn't feel embarrassed. I was going to wear a dress but decided to wear my pinny instead."
She lost her job but avoided further punishment from the authorities after spending the duration of the final at Wimbledon police station.
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