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During Doha tournament, Ferrer carves out a hole on the tennis court – literally

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Play ground to a halt for an hour on Day 2 of the ExxonMobil 2013 Open yesterday when top seed David Ferrer carved out a hole in the tennis court during his second set with Dustin Brown. Eurosport caught what happened in this video.

The New York Times reports:

Backpedaling to get in position to hit a backhand, Ferrer dragged his right heel into the court, somehow breaking the surface of the Plexicushion hard court and creating a small pothole behind the baseline about three inches wide and the roughly the shape of Switzerland…

Play was suspended as the hole was stared at by a group of officials, then patched with a light brown glue-like substance. To keep the crowd entertained, the on-court emcee Andrew Krasny led ballboys and ballgirls in a talent contest that featured singing, Gangnam Style dancing, and even magic tricks.

Ferrer, who was down a match, eventually beat Brown, by the way.

The popular men’s tournament, which is being held at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, ends on Saturday.

Who’s been? And who’s planning to check it out?

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