Many unexpected things can happen during a tennis match — there might be a fight, rain, and injury — but this tennis match had something completely unexpected — an earthquake! During the 2021 Mexican Open Semi-Final between Dominik Koepfer vs Alexander Zverev, a substantial earthquake hit the grounds of Acapulco. Though the German players on field paused for a while, they continued playing through the shaking grounds later. The ATP Tour (Association of Tennis Professionals) earthquake-clip has been shared on Twitter by multiple accounts.
The commentator can be heard informing the viewers at home that the shaky camera work was not the fault of the cameraperson but the earthquake. “Wow, if you were wondering why the camera was just moving a little bit during that last point, it wasn’t dodgy camerawork, we’re having a little bit of a mini earthquake here,” he said.
As the players paused, along with the audience in the stadium, to stabilise themselves, the crowd kept applauding to keep themmotivated. At the time of the earthquake, Koepfer had lost the first set by 6-4. He was up in the opening game of the second set by 40-14 when he hit the ball, which eventually got lost in the midst of all the shaking.
Tennis TV shared the clip on their Twitter Handle:
They also shared an extended version of the same clip in which the players can be seen playing through the whole earthquake, moving around with alert agility as the ground beneath them shakes furiously.
According to the National Seismological Institute, Mexico, the earthquake was of 5.7 magnitude on the Richter scale. The epicentre was 60 kilometres southeast of San Marcos, a two-hour drive from the match-venue in Acapulco.
This isn’t the first time an earthquake has disrupted a tennis match. There were some tremors during Day 1 of the US Open Qualifying Tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in 2011.