VIDEO: Pesky Iguana Wreaks Havoc At The Miami Open
— Aliny Calejon (@alcalejon) 22 March 2017
As Jiri Vesely outlasted Tommy Haas in a marathon two-hour encounter in the first round at the Miami Open, the unlikely star of the match was a troublesome Iguana.
With the clash level at 3-3 in the decisive set, play was halted as the animal was seen casually relaxing on top of the scoreboard. After a burst of laughter erupted around the court, officials was left perplexed as to what to do.
Czech player Vesely was anxious about playing in front of the creature before the umpire reassured him that it ‘isn’t a dangerous animal.’ Meanwhile Tommy Haas conducted a somewhat different approach. Making the most of the bizarre incident, the German went to his bag, took out his phone and proceeded to take a selfie. Caught up in the moment, Haas forgot that use of a phone on the court during a match is forbidden.
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The first attempt to catch the Iguana failed miserably as it escaped to run across the court, soaking up its 15 minutes of fame. Eventually the Iguana was caught and ushered away from the court, allowing the match to resume.
Resuming their match, Vesely held his nerve to edge out the 38-year-old 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5. Haase, who is the tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open, hasn’t won a match on the ATP Tour since the 2015 Wimbledon Championships.
Vesely will play Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round. It remains to be seen if the Iguana will make a reappearance.