You might say that Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams don’t have much in common with Jesus, but they did their best impressions Wednesday, attempting to play tennis on water. Well, sort of.
In advance of the upcoming Sony Ericsson Open the tournament staged the first ever tennis game played on water. It didn’t matter who won – it just made you want to say wow. Believe me when I say this isn’t an optical illusion, and it wasn’t photographed by Annie Leibowitz.
The court took seven days to build as a specialist underwater team constructed two invisible platforms at either end of the pool for the players to stand and play using a combination of bespoke acrylic sheets and supporting acrylic tubes that were bonded together.
The pool was then filled with water before adding the finishing touches of a net and Sony Ericsson Open ball girls and boys.Simply amazing. The only thing better would be to stage a real tournament match up there. Nadal against Federer on water? If you thought the NHL’s outdoor game was cool, this would be even better. Now that's something I'd like to see!
(Photo Credit: Top; Doug Benc/Getty Images for Sony Ericsson; Bottom: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Sony Ericsson)