They Had To Halt The Miami Open Because An Iguana Decided To Show Up

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They Had To Halt The Miami Open Because An Iguana Decided To Show Up

Major sporting events have to be cancelled for a variety of reasons - usually because of bad weather. I bet you've never heard of a game being put on hold because of an iguana. That's exactly what happened at the tennis match at the Miami Open between Tommy Haas and Jiri Vesely.

The saucy and mischievous reptile wreaked a bit of havoc when he was seen peeking above the scoreboard at the baseline. Officials put a hold on the game until the dinosaur-like creature could be removed.  


At first, staff tried to capture the iguana by wrapping a towel around it, but it made a great escape and crawled across the edge of the tennis court. Then, with the crowd cheering him on, the reptile took off at an awkward run across the middle of the court!  

He didn't stop there. After being herded by desperate staff, the iguana again climbed atop the scoreboard at the opposite zone.

"History [is] being made here at the Miami Open in the form of an iguana," said the announcer. "He wants to watch!"


You need to see the full video captured by the ATP World Tour!  

While his opponent was upset the game had been halted, Haas took a selfie with the iguana in the background and later posted it on Instagram with the caption "Thanks for coming out to watch some tennis."

Special selfie @miamiopen , thanks for coming out to watch some Tennis 🎾🦎

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