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Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Wed Feb 23, 2005 11:25 pm

Move over wimbledon, have a look at the tennis court Andre Aggasi and Roger Federer played at recently:

http://gfx.dagbladet.no/pub/artikkel/4/42/424/424255/sp7068c4_Seri9.jpg

http://gfx.dagbladet.no/pub/artikkel/4/42/424/424255/sp706c2b_at.jpg
Aggasi plays a trick on Federers dog...  Big grin

http://gfx.dagbladet.no/pub/artikkel/4/42/424/424255/sp706c25_serie.jpg

http://gfx.dagbladet.no/pub/artikkel/4/42/424/424255/sp706c29_Art.jpg

If you haven't guessed it yet, the match was played on the Helideck at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. It was a 20 minute friendly match 211 meters above the ground. The winner of the match has not been announced.

http://gfx.dagbladet.no/pub/artikkel/4/42/424/424255/sp6d5d7a.jpg

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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Wed Feb 23, 2005 11:25 pm

Just seen the pics in my paper - awesome !!
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Wed Feb 23, 2005 11:59 pm

Pretty damn cool.

Tiger Woods recently teed a few off of that platform as well.
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:08 am

World´s only 6-star hotel..
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:28 am

They are showing this as part of SportsCenter's Top 10 list this morning...pretty cool!

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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:37 am

I am not a fan of heights - unless there's something protecting me from the edge - so I don't think I'd venture up there.  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:42 am

I really don't like the look on Federers face in picture 3.

Did anyone see Agassi walking down again with Federer?? Big grin
Or did he use the "fastlane"?  Big grin
 
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:48 am

Sometimes the ball goes outside the court. A bit high, and one would have to walk outside the court, the other side of the fence, to pick it up. Here, it means 650 feet lower, swimming...

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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 1:26 am

Awesome! Now what about putting a skatepark up there!  Laugh out loud Big grin

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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 8:59 am

Is this real? Do they really not have any side protections? Whats if the ball falls over? Can you make a reservation there if you are a guest?
 
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:18 am

Bravo, that is the hotel's helicopter landing deck. It's not typically used as a tennis court, and was just converted for this match I believe.
 
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:19 am

I saw it on TV last night and WOW, what a view. One wrong foot and bye bye
 
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:22 am

Saw it on the News and Sports Center, now that was pretty cool.
 
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:54 am

Call me a chickenshit if you like but I'm scared of heights if there isn't much to protect me from falling off.

Still awesome. That first picture looks almost unreal. I'm not a big fan of the Burj lobby but the outside is awesome.
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 11:12 am

Quoting BRAVO7E7 (reply 9):
Is this real? Do they really not have any side protections?


There are safety nets clearly visible in pictures 1, 2, 3
 
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 11:16 am

Quoting DfwRevolution (reply 14):


There are safety nets clearly visible in pictures 1, 2, 3


Sorry, I meant vertical ones.
 
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 6:36 pm

Quite. If Aggasi were to stumble he better grab on to something...

...like Federer's hair.  Laugh out loud

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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:17 pm

Well you can forget about cashing the ball now Big grin
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:19 pm

With Aggasi's great serve it looks like the 10 balls the brought up would be enough for about 5 points. Did they actually play or was it just for a new Nike ad?

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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 11:48 pm

Quoting NUAir (reply 18):
With Aggasi's great serve it looks like the 10 balls the brought up would be enough for about 5 points.


Don't forget Federer's returns  Big grin
 
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:49 am

This exhibition has been made as advertising for the Dubai tennis turnament. It is part of the strategy to attract more and more people to Dubai.
And apparently, it works. Free advertising all around the world, plus discussions on forums...
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RE: Now THAT's A Tennis Court...

Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:58 am

I saw a short report about this match yesterday in the night news, the location of the tennis court is simply awesome!

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