Happy New Year everyone! This season there is a new surface being used on the ATP Tour: Water! See the video below for proof. In promotion of the Doha Qatar Exxon Mobile Open, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal hit some tennis balls ON THE WATER in the gulf of Doha.
It’s looks really cool, unfortunately on that wet surface all the players can do is volley (and catch fish?). By the way, who dives in to get the ball if lands in the bay?
“It was a fantastic experience,” said Nadal who beat Federer a day earlier in the Abu Dhabi exo 76, 76. “For the past three years we have done a few different things, and this one was a very nice experience. It’s going to be a very exciting season for me, I think. I would love to play against Roger a few more times this year, because when we play each other it’s in the final.”
Said two-time Doha champion Federer, “It was good fun. It was so different. You’re always excited and nervous to see how it will turn out. It is always nice promoting an event and an entire tour with Rafa. I am of course very excited about playing another season on tour. I’m playing some of my best tennis again. I am really enjoying it and have high goals for this year.”
Nadal is seeded first, and he’ll play Karol Beck in his opener. He is seeded to play Ernests Gulbis in the quarterfinals, Nikolay Davydenko in the semifinals. Second-seeded Federer begins 2011 against a qualifier with a chance at Viktor Troicki in the quarters followed by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Friday semifinals.
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