Tennis Stars Test Out New Surface

SYDNEY (WTNH)– One of the advantages of being a professional tennis player is that you get to travel the world and play on different surfaces. The French Open is on clay, Wimbledon on grass and the U.S. and Australian Opens on hard-court.

Water has never been a surface with which professional tennis players have had to contend. Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt have changed that. ABC News reports that the current #2 player in the world and the former #1 player, respectively, rallied over the water and across speedboats in the Sydney Harbor Monday.

Federer and Hewitt stood in their own boats as they sped through the harbor. Each tennis star tried to keep his balance on the choppy water while trying to hit tennis balls back and forth. They managed to get a few rallies going – but also lost a lot of balls to the water.

The water rally was a stunt to draw publicity to a new tennis format called FAST4. It is launching Monday evening in Sydney.

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