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.)