If you believe you’ve seen everything on a tennis court, think again.
Sometimes a stroke of luck is greatly appreciated on the ATP Challenger Tour. Look no further than what transpired on Wednesday in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.
Fourth seeds Evan King and Hunter Reese benefited from a slice of good fortune in the first set, en route to their first-round victory over Tunisians Malek Jaziri and Skander Mansouri. Leading 4-3 15/40, the Americans secured the decisive break thanks to a freakish ricochet.
When King framed a Monsouri first serve, the return hung in the air for what seemed like an eternity, before somehow descending on the net post. The ball deflected off the Tunisians’ side of the post and dropped back in. The Americans would win the point and eventually the match, but not before a 10-minute delay ensued due to the confusion.
“Possibly the weirdest point I’ve ever been a part of,” Reese posted on Instagram.
King and Reese would advance after taking the first set 6-3, when Jaziri retired due to illness. They are bidding for a third doubles title together, having won on home soil in Sarasota and Cary last year.