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FIRST LOOK: Serena Williams Plays Tennis on Water

FIRST LOOK: Serena Williams Plays Tennis on Water
Serena Williams
Courtesy Nancy J. Friedman PR

updated 03/26/2008 at 10:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/26/2008 11:15AM

Who says Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal can't walk on water?

To kick off the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Miami, and the opening of the much-awaited Gansevoort South hotel on Miami Beach, the tennis stars played a spirited in water game of tennis Monday afternoon in the 110-foot long, 43,000-gallon swimming pool.

Balanced on acrylic, invisible platforms at either end of the Bisazza-glass tiled infinity edge pool for the players to stand, the water-covered court took seven days to build.

"This was a once in a lifetime chance to play tennis on water," says Serena Williams, the defending Sony Ericsson champ. "And it was a new challenge to play against Rafael. Especially since he volunteered to play at the deep end!"
–Linda Marx
FIRST LOOK: Serena Williams Plays Tennis on Water| Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams

Rafael Nadal serves to Serena Williams

Courtesy Nancy J. Friedman PR



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