Some sports are renown for wildlife-related interruptions to play.
While golfers are more than accustomed to having an alligator or warthog walk across their path, it is fair to say that it is not a regular occurrence on the tennis court.
A match between Tommy Haas and Jiri Vesely, however, played witness to one of the rare occasions that a critter did put a halt to play at the Miami Open in Florida.
With the scores tied at 3-3 in the final set, a large iguana decided he was in need of a better view for the last few games of the intriguing match-up.
The reptile lurched himself up onto the on-court scoreboard settling into what can only be described as the best seat in the house.
Vesely, however, was not impressed and asked an official to remove the iguana. The official seemed unphased by the iguana's presence, though, reiterating to Vesely that he was in no danger at all.
“Forget about it. It’s not dangerous, it’s not a dangerous animal. If it comes onto the court, then we can [remove it],” said the official.
Vesely maintained that he would not be able to concentrate with the creature watching on.
You can see the saga unfold in the videos below.
Tommy Haas, on the other hand, jumped at the opportunity for some fun, snapping a quick selfie with the iguana before officials eventually decided to intervene, using an elegant combination of a stick, a sack, and a towel to evict the iguana from its perch.
Initial efforts failed, however, as the lizard expertly evaded capture, making his way onto the court and extending its five minutes of fame even further.
“Maybe the iguana got the note that this is most likely the last time playing here, and he wanted to say hi and take a peek or something,” Haas joked.
The iguana was eventually caught and removed from the playing surface to loud applause from an enthralled crowd who then watched on as Vesely beat Haas 6-7, (5-7) 6-3, 7-5.
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