WATCH: Alexander Zverev and Others Stunned as Earthquake Halts Match at ATP Acapulco 2021

Published 03/20/2021, 9:43 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev after winning his third round match against France’s Adrian Mannarino REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


World No.7 Alexander Zverev is enjoying his tennis in Acapulco, Mexico. The German is through to the finals and will play fellow top 10 player, Stefanos Tsitsipas. But en-route to the final he experienced something which is frightening, and that has happened a very few times in international sports.

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While playing fellow German, Dominik Koepfer in the semifinals, the city of Acapulco experienced an earthquake. As the players were playing, the broadcast camera shook for a few seconds. And as the rally ended, both the players looked amused and didn’t know what was happening.

Alexander Zverev celebrates winning his first round match against Marcos Giron of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

The players, officials, and crowd were surprised, and the play was halted momentarily. The pause in the match was small and quickly the match was back to normal. But this is not the first time a mid-match earthquake has happened. Back in 2011 US Open play was halted because of mild tremors.

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Alexander Zverev won the semifinal match easily

The clip shared by ATP shows that the players played through the tremors. After their rally ended, they paused for a while as everyone tried to understand what happened. The mild earthquake struck during the first game of the second set. Zverev had already taken the opening set. And later won the second set as well, to book his spot in the final.

The commentary team was also surprised and thus clarified that the camera was shaking because of a mild earthquake.

“Wow, if you were wondering why the camera was just moving a little bit during that last point, it wasn’t dodgy camerawork, we’re having a little bit of a mini earthquake here,” the commentator said.

What was the magnitude of the earthquake?

The earthquake was measured at 5.7 magnitudes on the Richter scale. 5.7 magnitude earthquake is generally regarded as moderate. But as the epicenter was far from Acapulco, the tremors weren’t significant and thus there was a mild jolt before the play was back on.

Nevertheless, the top two seeds will face off in the finals of the Acapulco Open. Zverev is yet to drop a set in the tournament, whereas Tsitsipas has looked comfortable. It will be fierce competition among the next-gen stars.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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