Tennis Video Goes Viral and It's Not Even About Tennis

by Knowlton Thomas

Tennis fans will have had their eyes glued to the boob tube these past couple of weeks, which saw several epic matches, crowned by a record-breaking finals match between the world number one, Novak Djokovic, and the world number two, Rafael Nadal. As the sport of tennis continues to delve deeper into social media—both Novak and Rafael have Twitter accounts—tons of game highlights were added to YouTube. And the most-watched of them all—by far—wasn't even of people playing tennis.

In a semifinals match between the popular Rafael Nadal and Rogerer Federer, one of the most accomplished tennis players in the history of the game, a ball boy stole their thunder and sent the crowd to their feet. A 12-second YouTube video uploaded by ESPN late last week quickly went viral, churning out over 10 million views in just a few days, with other copycat videos garnering hundreds of thousands of additional views.

In the video, Roger misses a first serve. Rafael instinctively hits it back. Because Roger doesn't need that ball anymore, he ricochets it off his ownracquet. With incredible reaction time and stunning speed, a ball boy stretches out his arm and catches the ball smoothly, barely leaving his position. The crowd instantly roars a thunderous applause, and the rest is history.

You never know what will go viral these days.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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