Wayward squirrel the star of the show at U.S. Open
By Sam Gardner FoxSports
German tennis star Sabine Lisicki was minding her own business Monday during the second set of her opening-round win over Vera Dushevina, when a fame-hungry, acorn-hungry or otherwise attention-seeking squirrel decided to interrupt the party:
Ridding a tennis court of a squirrel is serious business. They’re not especially responsive to verbal commands, they think everything is food — and you definitely don’t want to touch them because there’s always the risk of rabies.
But, it is reasonable to think there would be a more time-tested strategy of getting them out of the field of play. After all, it’s not the first time a squirrel has brought play to a halt at a sporting event — or even the U.S. Open.
Just last year, a pesky rodent caused a ruckus during a match between Julien Benneteau and Olivier Rochus:
And earlier this month, a so-called “iterant squirrel” tried to throw Tiger Woods off his game at the Bridgestone Invitational. (It didn't work.)