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image Here's a cool picture (click to enlarge) that's started going around. It looks totally fake, but it's real. It shows a tennis court that was laid out on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai last week. Playing on the court are Andre Agassi and Roger Federer. It was all just a publicity stunt. Regular guests aren't allowed to play on the helipad.

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Posted on Sun Feb 27, 2005


I saw this on TV the other day and I just shuddered.
I can all too easily imagine falling off the edge...
Posted by Boo  on  Mon Feb 28, 2005  at  03:06 AM
I wouldn't last two minutes w/o being seriously harmed.
Posted by Maegan  on  Mon Feb 28, 2005  at  04:55 AM
You'd fall, but into that net they have around the edge.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Mon Feb 28, 2005  at  05:34 AM
This reminds me of that great hit song of the sixties about "a round pool table, one foot high, covered in leopard skin."
Am I the only person who ever heard that record?
Posted by Big Gary C  on  Mon Feb 28, 2005  at  05:08 PM
Yeah, I saw this on TV too. From the footage they showed it didn't look like they were playing very aggressively. They were just kind of lobbing it back and forth. I can't blame them, really.
Posted by sombrero11  on  Mon Feb 28, 2005  at  09:29 PM
This is so cool! What was it a publicity stunt for?
Posted by Glamcat  on  Tue Mar 01, 2005  at  05:33 AM
Ballboy! Can you get the tennis ball before it falls into oblivion?? Thanks.
Posted by Maegan  on  Tue Mar 01, 2005  at  05:34 AM
It was to promote the Dubai Open, Glamcat.
Federer is the reigning champion.
Posted by Boo  on  Tue Mar 01, 2005  at  05:38 AM
Oof, I'm soo glad I'm down here.. It's like the emptiness's trying to suck you in it.. Brr
Posted by Cal  on  Tue Mar 01, 2005  at  09:34 AM
Take away the fencing and pull in the back and sides of the court, and play 20 meters above the ocean's *there's* a game worth watching.
Posted by intjudo  on  Tue Mar 01, 2005  at  12:04 PM
They have also had Tiger Woods tee off from the top of the burj al arab.
Posted by merve  on  Tue Nov 01, 2005  at  05:23 AM
I've heard that song too...
"a round pool table, one foot high, covered in leopard skin." That was a novelty song by Andy Griffith! As the story went, a man called in a custom order for such a pool table, paid for it with a credit card, and then never picked it up.

But this here looks more like " a round tennis court, 100 foot high, covered in Astroturf".
Posted by Sean  on  Sat Jul 22, 2006  at  05:50 AM
Pock, pock, pock- "Oh dammit! Bob, get the ball fer me!"
Posted by Meerkat  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  02:00 PM
Tennis court or pool table, they are all good for me (on the ground). If I were Federer I would have asked for a parachute as an extra bonus for the spectacle he always provides when playing.
Posted by gordman  on  Mon Oct 01, 2007  at  08:11 AM
Great! I also interesting that this is a publicity stunt?
Posted by tabletennis  on  Tue Sep 22, 2009  at  02:32 PM
That's terrifying, I would HATE to play tennis so far up. I wonder if they have nets or something underneath outside of the pictures range to catch balls and to catch people should they fall... I can't believe those player's managers would let them endanger themselves like this!
Posted by Pool Tables  on  Thu Sep 09, 2010  at  03:30 PM
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