We thought birdies were for golf, not tennis…
If you found the dead rubber match between Britain and France in the Davis Cup entertaining, you may appreciate this little bit of comedy too.
This time, however, it wasn’t the players who were causing the laughter.
Instead, Kyle Edmund and Rafael Nadal’s MC Rolex Masters match was suddenly interrupted by a stubborn little bird who couldn’t resist getting a close up on the action at Monte Carlo.
After stopping on the net in the third set of their game, what followed was a minute of pure laughter from the audience as the ball boy tried to force the bird to fly away.
Despite chasing it briefly, the little bird was going nowhere as it stopped in the middle of the court, then by the outside of Edmund’s half, before finally flying away after the unlucky, but resilient, ballboy chased it one last time.
Unfortunately for Edmund, it was a day to forget on the court, as Nadal won the match 6-0 5-7 6-3, and advanced to the round of 16 of the MC Rolex Masters.
The King of Clay remained unfazed by the stoppage of play and looks very strong going into the next round.
You can see the comical moment from the game in the video below.
As you can see, the little animal had his fair share of fun, delaying Nadal from serving and causing laughter inside the arena.
He later praised Edmund as a potential great after his victory on tennis.com: “He hit so strong, a lot of big forehands from everywhere. So well done to him. When you play against a player that wants to hit every ball, sometimes you are in his hands. He has all the possibilities to become a top player.”
Nadal will face his next opponent Alexander Zverev later today in the round of 16.
We wonder if our little-winged super-fan will make another appearance in the meantime.