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Water sports have always provided an added element that other sports never could (hint: the added element is water). Sports like surfing, rowing, and kayaking have all challenged their athletes to battle through unpredictable waters to achieve their ultimate goals. Now, it appears another sport is doing the same and it may not be the one you think.

Tennis. The game that challenges its players to win on a variety of different surfaces including hard court, clay, and even carpet, added a new surface for its two biggest stars to battle on. To kick of the 2011 ATP Season, the top two tennis players in the world, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, played an Exhibition match right in the middle of the Doha Bay in Qatar. The match took place on a floating court in the middle of the Bay in an attempt to help promote the ATP’s first event of the year, the Qatar Open.

The game resembled more of a ping-pong game opposed to a tennis match and was a far cry from some of their epic Championship battles. Nevertheless, the players said they had a good time and given that we are talking about the event, the game clearly served its purpose.

This isn’t the first time that tennis stars have played on an unusual surface. In 2005, tennis legend Andre Agassi and Roger Federer played an exhibition match on a sky court in the United Arab of Emirates. In 2007, Federer and Nadal played an exhibition game on a half-clay, half-grass court. Nadal won that game in a 3rd set tiebreak.

Rafael Nadal heads into the 2011 season as the world’s #1 ranked Tennis player. Roger Federer heads in as the #2 player and as the defending champion of the Australian Open, the ATP’s first Major Tournament of the year.


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