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Question Bird nearly mistaken for a ball : is that true ?

Is this story true ?

http://thefluffingtonpost.com/post/2...rd-tennis-ball

(with an adorable picture of a "ball-colour" baby bird )

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Tragedy almost struck the BB&T Atlanta Open this morning when a tournament participant nearly mistook an adorable baby bird for a tennis ball.

“Andy [Roddick] was about to serve when I yelled, ‘Wait! That’s a bird!’” explained ball boy Toby Sogarten. Apparently, Roddick was warming up and didn’t realize he had put a baby bird in his pocket instead of a ball.

“I knew something was wrong when I saw that he was about to serve a ‘ball’ with wings. Tennis balls don’t have wings,” recalled Sogarten.

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WTF?

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Re: Bird nearly mistaken for a ball : is that true ?

That's amazing.

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Good lord it said 'Dickhead didn't notice he put a bird in his pocket

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Re: Bird nearly mistaken for a ball : is that true ?

without knowing anything about this, i'd guarantee that's untrue. there's no way a sane person would confuse a bird with a tennis ball, much less a pro who's been handling tennis balls for over 2 decades.

there have been cases of unfortunate birds being struck by tennis balls though

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9HLS9kb7Z4


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Re: Bird nearly mistaken for a ball : is that true ?

I personally sincerely don't know if it's true or untrue, just wondered.

I don't know the "fluffington post", seems to be a website with news about animals, but this story has been related by a serious French tennis website : http://www.welovetennis.fr/insolites...-le-braconnier

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yes, it sounds strange that Roddick didn't realize that the "ball" was more fluffed up than the others, but well during the warm-up and as Roddick does it really quickly

I wondered if somebody had heard about this

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